10/29/20: Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Salome Chasnoff

October 29: Chicago-based filmmaker Salome Chasnoff joined Media Burn for a screening and discussion of her work.

Watch a full replay of our Virtual Talk with Salome Chasnoff.

In this installation of our Virtual Talks series, Media Burn hosted Salome Chasnoff. Chasnoff presented a selection of work from the Beyondmedia archive in addition to her own work. Media Burn is also thrilled to announce that the entire Beyondmedia archive of work will be added to Media Burn Archive, and made publicly available in the coming months. 

Salome Chasnoff, seen here in an accidental self-portrait.

Salome Chasnoff is a Chicago-based filmmaker, installation artist, and educator who is inspired by the enlightening, humanizing and healing capacities of storytelling. For the past 30 years, she has maintained a collaborative social practice and exhibition career embracing and interrogating the indivisibility of the making of art and the making of relationships.

She works in documentary and experimental film, installation, participatory performance and social practice art. The results are stylistically mixed, viewed from multiple perspectives, improvisational, and intentionally open-­ended. Her work features intimate, accessible voices in crafted images that act as alternatives to corporate media by showcasing speakers’ narrative agency, which Chasnoff sees as the linchpin of personal and social transformation. 

She has collaborated with a wide range of under-represented and misrepresented communities including people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ youth, older sex workers, rural hospital workers, women in the prison system, and families of people killed by Chicago police. Her most recent work, Code of the Freaks — a look at Hollywood representations of disability from the perspectives of disabled artists and culture critics — is being distributed by Kino Lorber and currently screening in festivals. Chasnoff’s films and installations have shown across the US and internationally in film festivals, galleries, and museums including DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC; Slamdance Film Festival, Park City UT; Cinema Mostra AIDS, Sao Paulo; Feminist Active Documentary Video Festa, Tokyo; Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco; Creative Time’s Democracy in America; Chicago Humanities Festival; Stony Island Arts Bank; and the United Nations. She is a Purpose Prize Fellow, a Women’s eNews Ida B. Wells Bravery in Journalism Awardee, a “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” honoree, and the recipient of a Chicago Foundation for Women Impact Award and the Illinois Humanities Council Towner Award.

Chasnoff teaches in the Art Education department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is also Director of the BFA in Art Education program.  She founded Beyondmedia Education, where from 2000 to 2012 she led workshops with people who are traditionally excluded from media production and self-representation, creating videos, exhibitions, websites, and social media campaigns. The large Beyondmedia archive of documentary and youth-authored videos will become part of the Media Burn Archive in 2021.



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