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Wednesday, May 18 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Connect and Disconnect: Living Through Times of Social Disruption: A Les Blank Retrospective

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This panel presents perspectives on the theme of coping, specifically amid the challenges that intensified with the increased isolation during the COVID pandemic. Since the early months of 2020, large parts of the United States have come to brief and long-term pauses that have resulted in deep introspection and have led to abandoned paths and impulse decisions. With a reflexive approach, these vignettes capture elements of the internal and external barriers we all face and the process by which we try to overcome them. The creation of a painting while processing racial trauma; using self-tattooing to handle neurodivergence; a raw reflection on growth in motherhood; the pitfalls of isolation and how one might self-medicate; a retrospective on the life of Les Blank and his love of a life less ordinary; a search for collaboration after an impulse move to Brooklyn. The ethnographic collection pulls from disparate voices to offer a view of the human condition in myriad form. Each visual presentation is roughly 5-10 minutes and is a selection from Visual Anthropology, winter 2022.

Makayla (Raelynne) Crow. Transcending Duality: Reconstituting a non-colonial tribal identity. Step-by-step, the artist shares her process of creating a painting that's a dynamic representation of her indigenous identity in dissonance with colonial frameworks.

Destanee Stillwaugh. Tattoos Hurt Less. A visual follow and interview of a non-binary person who uses self-tattooing as a coping mechanism for various mental health disorders.

Brittany Whiz. Motherhood. A reflection on the birth and growth of a student-mother in a time of global pandemic and social ideology of intensive mothering.

Brady Bell. Have You Eaten Today? A capture of life during the COVID era and quarantine, highlighting difficult subjects such as depression, loneliness, and alcoholism -- and a life-thread.

Caleb Aal. A Les Blank Retrospective. Les Blank’s films have in common a romantic outlook, celebrating expressions of a joy of living. Always For Pleasure provides a recipe to follow for the enjoyment of red beans and rice.

Nils Petersen. Anomie or Affinity. A brief Exploration in Isolation and Collaboration. An experimental look at loneliness and its effect on creativity in NYC, one of the most densely populated cities in the world.


Lene Pedersen

Mentor, Anthropology & Museum Studies

Wednesday May 18, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT
Student Union & Recreation Center (SURC)- Theater

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