Writing Student Katrin Redfern's Exhibit 'Hazda: The Roots of Equality,' Opens Today
October 26, 2018
Award-winning documentarians and academics Katrin Redfern, Jon Cox, and Andew Stern have produced a multimedia exhibition documenting the Hadza tribe of Tanzania. The exhibit will present Hadza daily life, culture, and knowledge through photography, an immersive soundscape, text and artifacts – including a traditional Hadza grass hut. All proceeds raised from prints and book sales will go to the Dorobo Fund to secure land rights for the Hadza.
“Long before the social justice movements of today, humans were engaged in a living experiment in equality. Our common origins as egalitarian hunter-gatherers challenge the idea of human society as inherently selfish and competitive. The Hadza, some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers on the planet, provide insight into our past, and how we might imagine our future at a time when a reimagining is desperately needed.”
The opening reception for the exhibit will take place tonight, October 26, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm at the Albert Wisner Library at 1 McFarland Dr., Warwick, NY 10900
Katrin Redfern is a multimedia journalist, writer and producer who reports on human rights and conservation. She has written for the BBC, The Daily Beast, The Indypendent, and Huffington Post, among others. She produces film (two Sundance Festival Official Selections), theater (five Tony Award nominations), radio, and podcasts, from science news to audio drama. Katrin is also a longtime activist focusing on labor issues and a Human Rights Commissioner in the city of Newburgh. Katrin holds a BA from the Institute for Social Ecology, an MA from the University of Sussex, and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Jon Cox is a National Geographic Explorer, an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Delaware, Board Member of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania and Board member of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research. Cox worked on a six-year collaborative documentary book project with the Hadza in Tanzania titled Hadzabe, By the Light of a Million Fires. Cox is a co-recipient of a National Geographic - Genographic Legacy Fund Grant to support a collaborative cultural mapping initiative with the Ese’Eja foraging people living in the Amazonia basin of Peru. A traveling exhibition to accompany this project titled The Ese’Eja People of the Amazon: Connected by a Thread is currently on tour across the United States.
Andrew Stern is a photographer and journalist whose work has taken him to the planet's farthest reaches on many projects. His primary areas of concentration are social and political issues, but he has also photographed campaigns for many leaders of industry and technology. His work has won numerous awards and has appeared in Harpers, The New York Times, Readers Digest, The Guardian and many other publications both domestically and internationally. He was a 2014 co-recipient of an Open Society Foundation grant for Water Warriors, a traveling exhibition and film on indigenous resistance to fracking (Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection). He is also a founder of the photography and film stages Starr Street Studios, Be Electric Studios and Brooklyn Soundstage.