This essay and accompanying conversation examine the works of filmmaker and scholar Zeinabu irene Davis, whose work centers Black women, engaging their histories and contemporary stories, and thus representing their agency and complex personhood. Davis acknowledges Third Cinema and African/Afro diasporic influences in shaping her style of storytelling and in evolving her fierce Black aesthetic that disrupts the normativity of the dominant white gaze in mainstream media. These choices signify Davis’s ethos and priorities as a filmmaker, a documentarian, a womanist, and a community organizer who humanizes and celebrates her characters on-screen.
(Re)imagined Possibilities: The Resilience of the Black Woman Griot, Zeinabu irene Davis in Conversation
Berette S Macaulay is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer, curator, and scholar. Her practices interrogate ideas of be/longing, coded language, identity performance, illegibility, memory, and mythmaking. She has exhibited and published widely, and her works are in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Jamaica and the International Center of Photography (as SeBiArt). She has received artist grants from Shunpike, 4Culture, and Vermont Studio Center, and is the 2020 Champion of Seattle Arts (COSA) awardee. She holds a BA in theater arts from Marymount Manhattan College and an MA in cultural studies from the University of Washington at Bothell, and is the founder and lead organizer for Black Cinema Collective. berettemacaulay.com
Savita Krishnamoorthy holds an MA in Art History from the University of Bangalore and an MA in cultural studies from the University of Washington at Bothell. She taught at Bellevue College, and was a curator for a gallery specializing in contemporary Northwest art. She volunteers for Tasveer South Asian Film Festival and also serves as arts commissioner for the city of Redmond, Washington. As a cultural studies scholar, Krishnamoorthy bridges her scholarship mindfully with community engagement and community building. She is the recipient of a 2019 Merit Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Foundation and is a co-organizer with Black Cinema Collective.
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Berette S Macaulay, Savita Krishnamoorthy; (Re)imagined Possibilities: The Resilience of the Black Woman Griot, Zeinabu irene Davis in Conversation. Feminist Media Histories 1 January 2021; 7 (1): 81–114. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2021.7.1.81
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