Exhibition & Residency:
December 1 – 30, 2012
Tina Morton is a media activist, video oral historian and 2010 Pew Fellowship in The Arts recipient. She recently was awarded two month-long artist residencies at the Banff Centre in Calgary, Canada and here at 18th Street Arts Center. Deeply committed to facilitating members of community groups in telling their own stories, Tina has taught various organizations how to use media for social activism. In 2010 she taught young women and men how to use video for social change with the Young Women’s Knowledge and Leadership Institute in Dakar, Senegal. From 2005- present Tina has been a video facilitator and editor for the Precious Places community history projects sponsored by the Scribe Video Center.
Tina’s own work focuses on oral community and family histories. Her award-winning documentary, “Severed Souls” chronicles community memory of the execution of Corrine Sykes, a 20-year-old North Philadelphia resident wrongly executed for murder and the first African American woman to be legally executed in PA. Most recently she and Roxana Walker-Canton co-directed and co-produced “Belly of the Basin” a documentary focusing on survivor stories from Hurricane Katrina and the intersection of race, class, and politics. It garnered best documentary at the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival. Presently she is working on documenting ODUNDE, the oldest continuously running African American Festival in Philadelphia, PA. Tina is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Radio Television and Film at Howard University.