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Ingrid Raphael

Contributor
Visual storyteller, researcher, publisher, filmmaker


Biography

I’m a visual storyteller, researcher and co-creator of GRID zine: an independent, annual, publication highlighting the neglected stories and art of black and brown immigrants and refugees living in the U.S. She's also the co-creator of No Evil Eye: a radical, monthly, underground micro-cinema that programs a diverse set of shorts, docs, avant-garde, and experimental film with the goal of redefining the creative and social parameters of the Columbus film scene with a youth focused center.

My works explore decolonizing archives, diasporic experiences, mapping bodily autonomy and movement, and imagining mass liberation from structural oppression. I use moving and still images as my main medium to tell stories, oftentimes accompanied by text. I try to let the work speak for itself.

Some of my favorite projects have been creating and curating projections for shows and artists’ sets, producing and coding an open access eBook, photographing immigrant and refugee youth of the greater Columbus area, and documenting road trips with loved ones.

Q & A

What makes more livable futures for you?  

Full-fledge liberation for all humans. Ability to move as freely as goods do across borders. Accountability of environmental degradation and implemented actions towards environmental and spiritual abundance. Erasing the commodification of technological advances at the cost of humans' needs. Demystification of non-western medicinal remedies. Liberation from colonial and imperial pasts and presents. End of police killings and industrial prison pipeline complex. Abolition of class struggles. Reparations. The list goes on…

What are you reading, viewing, listening to right now?    

In the past week, I've re-read my favorites:
Sister outsider by Audre Lorde
Henbane Collective, issue 2
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Essays published on Chimurenga Library
I'm listening to YouTube's algorithm suggestions following Amerie's 1 Thing.

What practices are sustaining you?  

Journaling daily, emotional support, baking butter-heavy versus sugar-heavy deliciousness, hearing various languages, hiking and nature, creating art.