Talena Sanders

Art Discipline: 
Oakland, CA
United States
Dates of Residence: 
Jan 2, 2023 to Jan 27, 2023

Talena Sanders draws from their background in experimental film and studio arts to create ethically engaged, visually striking cinema that questions and destabilizes the documentary form. Largely working in 16mm film, Sanders is deeply engaged in historical analysis, materiality, and lives lived - their works ask critical questions of privilege and power in who gets to tell the stories of lived realities. Talena’s work has been screened, exhibited, and collected internationally, including at the Museum of the Moving Image, Museum of Modern Art, BFI London Film Festival, New York Film Festival, FID Marseille, Montreal International Documentary Festival, Viennale and DokuFest Kosovo. Her first feature film, Liahona, is distributed by Documentary Educational Resources and Doc Alliance. Talena is currently an Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Sonoma State University, where they are developing a new undergraduate degree program in Cinematic Arts and Technology.