Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series: Kitra Cahana
Friday, February 21, 4 – 5 pm
Bill Gatton Student Center, Worsham Cinema
Kitra Cahana fulfills her childhood dreams of traveling between worlds through her work as a documentary photographer and filmmaker exploring social, anthropological, and spiritual themes. She spends months or years with people living outside the mainstream: young Americans who choose a nomadic lifestyle, surviving on what our culture throws away; or teens in a small town in the Canadian Arctic who find an antidote to depression and record suicide rates through an annual dance competition that keeps them moving all year. In Caravana Migrante, on view at the museum, she traveled with the procession of immigrants who journeyed from Honduras to Mexico in a quest for asylum, recording both hopes and failed dreams.
Cahana, whose first published photograph landed on the front page of the New York Times when she was just seventeen, is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine and a TED speaker. Among her numerous honors are a Canadian Screen Award, a Pulitzer Center for Investigative Reporting grant, a 2013 International Center of Photography Infinity Award, first prize for the 2010 World Press Photo, and the Thomas Morgan internship at the New York Times.
Kitra Cahana: Caravana Migrante will be on view at the Art Museum February 15 – May 31, 2020.
image: Kitra Cahana