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A photograph of a person in a dark room kneeling in a square of light in front of a cabinet. Digging Deeper into the Re-constructed Family Album is a Course

Digging Deeper into the Re-constructed Family Album

Apr 11 - May 23, 2021
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This class meets ONLINE on Sundays from 11 am - 1 pm eastern time.

When re-defining our understanding of family through personal projects, the family archive provides a rich source of content that may have multiple iterations. This course uses an expansive definition of “family” inclusive of community, chosen family, blood relations, adopted family, land, memory, and ancestors. It is geared towards students that have engaged with their archive and are looking for a generative space to expand, re-invigorate, or continue their projects. Students will have opportunities to present ideas to their peer group, explore different directions, and exchange approaches. They will view work by artists and documentarians experimenting with the theme of family. The course will meet every other week, giving students the space to dig deeper and connect with their archive.

Kamal Badhey is a photographer, educator, and independent curriculum designer of South Asian ancestry with an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London, and an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College. She is a member of both the Urban Photographers Association and South Asian Women’s Creative Collective. She is interested in ideas of dispersal, diaspora, and origin pilgrimages, and uses photography and oral storytelling to stitch together stories. Kamal is also passionate about the narration of community stories through photography. This work in accessibility has opened channels for teaching and mentorship with youth, teachers in training, and senior citizens, through the Center for Documentary Studies, Bronx Documentary Center, Literacy Through Photography: Tanzania, Back to the Lab, Lower East Side Girls Club, and the Parsons Scholars Program.