Andrea Ellen Reed: When Living is a Protest
Artist Andrea Ellen Reed in a talk with journalist Pia Dangelmayer.
In 2015, as a direct response to the race riots in Baltimore and Ferguson that errupted after black unarmed men were shot by the police, Andrea Ellen Reed produced her video Unsighted. We see her face, reacting to the media coverage about the protests and growing racial tension in the USA. Not so much a self portrait, in this video Andrea is a protagonist of the black community - she is the face of those who are being talked about. Her work is a silent comment, as well as a loud protest.
In her project The Streets Are Talkin', she also focuses on a community at a confluent tipping point of race and injustice as explored through photography and sound (like Ruddy Roye in his series When Living is a Protest, which gave the title for this talk). In 2017 Andrea Ellen Reed won the Visionary Award from the Tim Hetherington Trust for Unsighted.
Pia Dangelmayer was a reporting fellow for the NYC based ProPublica and part of a journalist team that won the Pulitzer Prize 2017 for Public Service. She now works in the dedicated BR research team in Munich and will discuss with Andrea about life as a protest.