Family: Reinterpreting the Personal Archive (Online)


So often, photo albums and other repositories of memory are tucked away in basements or drawers and remain untouched, but the web of family is and can be a rich source of inspiration and analysis for artists and documentarians. This workshop is a stepping stone for new and seasoned documentarians to embark on family investigations, while becoming exposed to makers within the realm of documentary arts. Through group discussion and individual investigation, students will utilize writing, photography, and their personal objects to creatively interpret family archives. Past students have created projects based on folklore, oral storytelling, material objects, parallel family stories, archival photographs, and migration. Students will have the opportunity to discuss ethical practice when working with family, expansive notions of family, and the role of ancestry DNA in family work. (12 hours / All levels)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Kamal Badhey is an educator, photographer, and documentarian based in New York City. She is a member of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective and the Urban Photographers Association. She graduated with a masters in photography and urban cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London and in museum education from Bank Street College. Her work has been exhibited widely in New York City, London, Lisbon, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. Portals and Passageways, a project of the South Asian diaspora traces her jeweler ancestors to a bazaar in Secunderabad, India. Kamal was a CDS Lewis Hine Fellow in 2016–17 and is currently a fellow for the Claremont Documentary Project. She is an educator at the Bronx Documentary Center and Parsons School of Design.

There will be no class on November 28 (Thanksgiving.)


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Badhey 2/13 - 3/19 Th 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $290.00 View