UnResolved is made up of images and interview quotes from two separate bodies of documentary work. #BlackLivesMatter was shot in Baltimore over the course of 2015-2016, and Dissonant Identities was shot in Rappahannock County, Virginia, and has been an ongoing project since 2014. The exhibit highlights the continued importance of identity, and particularly race, in the American social landscape and political economy.
#BlackLivesMatter: Resisting the New Jim Crow in Baltimore, documents the daily struggle of Baltimore residents building a new chapter in their city’s Civil Rights history. While Baltimore is defined by racial inequality, this project focuses on the breadth and depth of a nascent political movement for radical social change. #BlackLivesMatter is my response to the dominant visual narrative of black bodies which either victimizes or criminalizes the subject, visually rendering them without agency.
Dissonant Identities: The Borderlands of Rural America, explores the historical, cultural, and economic dynamics that define life in one rural American community and documents the disconnect between different social realities within this community. In the context of Donald Trump’s presidency this project questions the role of identity in rural life, and explores the legacies that define them. Dissonant Identities deconstructs my own personal relationship with a place and an identity I thought I understood.
As a journalist William is guided by the belief that journalism’s role is to “hold truth(s) to power”. As a photographer William searches for stories that add nuance and complexity to public discourse. His work seeks to challenge reductionist narratives that maintain the status quo.
Opening: Thursday, March 9, at 8:30 p.m.
What Does it Mean When I Take Your Picture? Deconstructing Representations of the “Other”
A Conversation with Wil Sands, Daniela Ortiz, and Rubén H. Bermudez
Wednesday, April 26, at 8 p.m.