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Published on Jan 8, 2017
Alvalia examines the idea of beauty and shows her short film “...still,” which explores the complex relationship between black women and European beauty standards. She practices the ancient art of storytelling in her talk, describing how she came to terms with her own “mass of kinks and curls” and interviewing other women about their experiences. Alvalia confirms that the intimate nature of shared stories affirms values and allows us to clarify what’s important.
Alvalia Pemberton is a Kittian-American visual artist from Bronx, New York. She recently received her BFA with a dual concentration in Photography and Filmmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her films have screened and gained recognition at film festivals along the East Coast. The short film “…still” recently showed at Richmond’s own Afrikana Film Festival.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx