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Videography Fellow: Amanda Matles

IMG_1745Matles Amanda Matles is a third year doctoral student in the Earth and Environmental Science Department, Geography specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center. As a central component to her research practice, Amanda uses video based methods to develop research about the everyday intersections of law and social control, and to document the complex makings of human geographies. She recently worked with the Paper Tiger Video Collective producing a feature length documentary called Rerooting the Motor City : Notes on a City in Transformation in 2013. Highlighting the voices of veteran labor activists, local historians, rappers, and urban gardeners, Rerooting explores the potential for radical social and ecological regeneration in post industrial urban geographies. The film has been shown in numerous cities across the US and Europe since its debut. Amanda’s ten years of video work ranges from a feature length documentary and video essays to experimental multi channel projections. Her work has been exhibited in New York, London, Washington DC, New Brunswick, Detroit, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Amanda earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2004 and was a 2010 fellow of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY. She is currently at work on a participatory video research project with youth researchers in Bushwick, Brooklyn called Being Policed. Together they are producing a series of video shorts visualizing statistical data and archiving interviews with youth about Stop and Frisk policing and aspects of harsh Zero Tolerance policies in schools. Amanda is committed to making compelling research contributions to public discourses through engagement with social movements for economic and social justice in her writing, teaching, and visual research.

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