Gaskins to premier short film

January 10, 2013

Visiting associate professor of art Bill Gaskins will be premiering his short film The Meaning of Hope at the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) Film Theatre on February 16. The screening will be held at 2 p.m. with a panel discussion to follow. The Meaning of Hope examines the concept of hope through individual portraits of Detroit residents.

“The fundamental objective of the project includes extending my engagement with the photographic portrait through cinema, expanding the aptitude of viewers beyond ‘I have a dream’ in their thoughts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and offering a representation of the city of Detroit beyond the genre of ‘ruin porn’ associated with the city through high art photography and news media,” says Gaskins.

The panel will be moderated by Valerie J. Mercer, DIA curator of the General Motors Center for African American Art and will include Gaskins, poet, playwright, and artist Bill Harris, and DIA film curator Elliot Wilhelm.

Also, on March 8, Gaskins will be presenting “Learning About Learning: Solving The Course Evaluation Problem” at the national conference for the Society for Photographic Education.

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