Shooting in Color


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Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Mitchell Jackson
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Two Portland Photographers Share Their Stories of Representation


Intisar Abioto and Renee Lopez are two Portland photographers who are working to tell the stories of Black and Brown Portlanders through the brilliant images they create.  

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My name is Intisar Abioto. I’m a writer, dancer, photographer, and multi-disciplinary artist. The idea of The Black Portlanders came to my sister Hanifah one night as my mom, my other sisters, and I all sat round talking about Black people in Portland .. as we often do. A spark caught to flame that night and here we are.

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Miss Lopez moved to Portland in 2006 to get a fresh start for her and her daughter. She had been doing photography as a hobby since the 10th grade, and in 2015 Renée became involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, making good friends with Portland rapper Glenn Waco. That’s where it all started. Miss Lopez quickly realized she could use her camera as a tool to not only document injustices and the movement, but as a form of resistance as well. In pursuit of her love for live music, she also began shooting the local hip-hop scene. Her work photographing local artists over the past two years has documented how much the scene has very recently flourished. Miss Lopez started her Women of Color in PDX series in March 2016; she felt it was important to highlight WOC here, spread love for each other, and send a message of self-love and unity.

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