The African Archive: The Camera and Other Tools of Liberation

The African Archive: The Camera and Other Tools of Liberation


Sep 22, 2022 | 7pm



Join the BDC for a conversation with visual storyteller Marlaine Glicksman and curator and writer Catherine E. McKinley as they discuss African photographic archives and the social impact these photos and tools have had in the sociopolitical spectrum of a continent. 

This event is held in conjunction with our exhibition 'Congo in Conversation' on view at the BDC until October 16, 2022.


Catherine E. McKinley is a curator and writer whose books include the critically acclaimed Indigo, a journey along the ancient indigo trade routes in West Africa, and The Book of Sarahs, a memoir about growing up Black and Jewish in the 1960s–80s. She’s taught creative nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. The McKinley Collection, featured here, is a personal archive representing African photographs from 1870 to the present.

Marlaine Glicksman is a visual storyteller: an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, photographer, and journalist who creates dramatic character-driven stories set in multicultural contexts both narrative and documentary and in moving images and still. Glicksman is the director/producer of THE COMMANDMENT KEEPERS, a documentary on the highly observant synagogue in Harlem. She has shot for Vibe, George, and Travel & Leisure, and writing appears in Al Jazeera, Hyperallergic, American Suburb X, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone. She's currently a senior editor at Newsweek.

IMAGE: © Raissa Karama Rwizibuka