Images move us. Photographs can often capture the lived reality of our world in ways that come to define our collective memory and they do so in a way that is both religious and political. Vanderbilt Divinity School invites you to a virtual event that brings together community artists, theologians and researchers to explore the artistic practice of photography. This event is inspired by the photography exhibit Nashville: A Pandemic Observed, which is on display at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and can also be viewed here.
Part I: Artist Introductions (5–6 p.m.)
Moderated by Joon Powell. She and her fellow photographers – Dawn Majors, John Partipilo, and Bill Steber – will introduce their photography sets and discuss the inspiration behind them. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
Part II: Panel Discussion (6–7 p.m.)
Moderated by Kashif Andrew Graham, outreach librarian for Religion & Theology, this panel discussion will explore the deep and complicated relationship between photography and spiritual practices, using photographic justice to understand health disparities, and the visual as a political form. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
- Dr. Ellen Armour, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair in Religion, Gender and Sexuality, associate dean for Academic Affairs, and associate professor of feminist theology.
- Joon Robin Powell, photographer
- Dr. Lucie Kalousova, assistant professor of Medicine, Health, and Society & Sociology.