Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Visions of Resistance: Film, Folklore, and Fiber Arts
Monday, Wednesday: 5:00-6:30pm
This course explores themes of social, political, and ecological justice in contemporary film and textile art. Specifically, we will examine how modern folkloric adaptations, both in the form of narrative scripts and traditional material practices, act as potent vehicles of resistance. Through a series of case studies, we will explore how various works “bear witness” to past injustices and in turn present possibilities for restorative and/or retributive justice. The course is anchored in two primary ‘texts’: Jayro Bustamante’s 2019 folk horror film La Llorona and the work of anti-fascist tapestry weaver Hannah Ryggen. From these, we will explore a constellation of other artists and works that relate and intersect, revealing broader socio-cultural-historical contexts and configurations. As this is an R1B course, students will be assigned a variety of reading and writing exercises to develop the composition and research skills necessary for college-level coursework. Assignments will be scaffolded, increasing in length and complexity, culminating in a 10-12 page research paper on a topic related to the course.