UnResolved. Wil Sands

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.
Wil Sands

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.

Related Activity:

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.

Past Activities

Brief Hundred Year History of Photography in the United States

Day: Friday, 18th of May From 19h to 21h Free entry Beginning with the daguerreotype, the United States embraced photography and recognized its potential as a democratic medium that could be used to help describe and define this new country. Gail Buckland, Distinguished Professor of the History of Photography at the Cooper Union in New […]

Transit Tales meeting in Brussels

OPENING// VERNISSAGE : Thursday 30/11/2017 16h – 21h   Meet the people in the Transit Tales project Presentation of the work from the participatory photography workshops with refugees we have been doing in Barcelona, Paris and Berlin Project presentations and exchange seminars. Table d’hôtes with Collectactif from 19h   THE PROJECT / 2016-2017 Transit Tales […]

Transit Tales on its way

Transit Tales, participatory photography WITH migrants and refugees, travels to Paris from April 3rd to 19th. Monday 10th of April, 2pm. We are beginning the second week of the workshop that Severine Sajous initiated a couple of days ago, with a group of 15 women who voluntarily subscribed to the photography workshop held at the Center of Asylum […]