Lecture: “Book of the Family Tree,” Thursday September 22, 2016, 7:30pm
McClung Museum Auditorium
This presentation explores identity and representation with a particular focus on how African Americans have used the camera in the struggle for civil rights. The talk is both personal as well as historical in scope and culminates in Harris’ transmedia project, the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion.
Film Screening: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Friday September 23, 2016, 2:30pm
University of Tennessee Hodges Library Auditorium
Thomas Allen Harris is a photographer, filmmaker, and curator who creates work that illuminates the human condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. His 2001 documentary That’s My Face addressed the artist’s identity during a childhood move from New York City to Tanzania and back again. In his film The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela, Harris examines the life of his step-father, who was active in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. For his campus visit he will present his most recent film project, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, which examines the ways photographic images inform social roles as well as self-representation through history. This film was recently nominated for an Emmy Award. Sponsored by the UT School of Art and the Campus Events Board.