Imaging/Theorizing Social Movements - a conversation with Sara Jordenö
Imaging/Theorizing Social Movements"
- a conversation with Sara Jordenö, whose work transverse documentary film, visual art, social science research and activism. Sara will be talking about the processes behind her work Diamond People, a commission by Public Art Agency Sweden, about the feature documentary KIKI, and "Civilsamhället", a new collaborative work with sociologist/criminologist Amber Horning Ruf and members of the network Vi Står Inte Ut.
Sara Jordenö is a documentary filmmaker, visual artist, researcher and educator, whose work resides in the intersection of site-specific and participatory art, visual sociology and documentary cinema. Jordenö’s longitudinal projects often portray social movements, and engages with groups and communities facing different types of marginalization. Jordenö studied Feminist theory at Uppsala University and Creative Writing at Nordens Författarskola Biskops-Arnö and earned a BFA from Malmö Art Academy and an MFA from UCLA Department of Art. Jordenö is the director of the feature documentary KIKI, which premiered in the US documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, and has since been shown in over 150 festivals on five continents. KIKI - a collaboration with the leaders Twiggy Pucci Garcon, Gia Love and others from the Kiki House and Ballroom scene in NYC -had theatrical releases in Sweden, US and The UK, and won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary/Essay Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and was nominated for a 2017 Independent Spirit Award. Jordenö's video installations and films have been shown internationally at venues such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Eye Museum, Amsterdam, Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Moderna Museet, Malmö, Bildmuseet, Umeå, the Kitchen and MoMA PS1. Jordenö's work has been commissioned by the Public Art Agency Sweden, Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Printed Matter, Muscarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest and the 5th Berlin Biennal. She is an Assistant Professor at RISD in Providence, Rhode Island.