La entrevista a
by Prof. Toby Sisson
Isabel Miranda is a Boston-based artist who grew up in South America, South-East Asia and Southern Africa. Growing up aboard influenced her interest in street photography and documentary filmmaking, where she explores topics such as spirituality, music and identity.
Isabel’s photography is inspired by Saul Leiter, Ernst Haas and Joseph Koudelka. Her past projects "Downtown Crossing (DTX)" and "La Plaza" focused on connecting with the diverse community that surrounded her in Boston, MA and Santa Fe, NM. In 2021 she completed a photobook, "One-Way Mirror" which is her visual journal for the 2020-2021 pandemic year in Boston.
She is a recipient of the 2019 Emerging Photographer Scholarship for the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and the grand prize winner of the #NewVisions2023: A Student Exhibition. She has exhibited her work at the Aurora Gallery and Bromfield Gallery in Massachusetts, as well as the 2022 Women Street Photographers exhibition at Artspace PS109 in New York City.
Her short film "So Powerful" was screened in the 2022 Global Peace Film Festival and the 2022 Acton Boxborough Cultural Council's "Our World Film Series". Currently, she is working on a personal hybrid documentary about how living around the world shaped her and her father's identity. She holds a B.A. in Geography and Studio Art from Clark University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Film and Media Art at Emerson College.
More about Isabel Miranda's work
El tío viajero
A prayer for protection
El Tío Viajero (The Traveling Uncle), is a 30-minute personal hybrid documentary about how living around the world shaped the identity of the filmmaker and her father. To unpack the question “Where are you from?” The film investigates two contrasting worlds of identity through conversations between Isabel and her father.
A Cameroonian and American coming from very different backgrounds find harmony and a higher power through their music making.
A character-driven story of José, working at the hotdog street carts in Downtown Crossing, Boston.
This documentary is a response to the first few weeks of the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts. It is Isabel's response to coping with the anxiety and fear around her through the use of prayer.
Toby Sisson earned her B.F.A, Magna Cum Laude, from the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota and her M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her areas of specialization include drawing, painting and printmaking, as well as community-based research, service learning, and curatorial projects. Sisson is an abstract artist whose individual studio practice encompasses oil, encaustic, and mixed media. Her visual studies range from the creation of land based art forms, to the hybridization of indigenous and immigrant artistic traditions, the exploration of contemporary issues surrounding race and ethnicity, as well as the innovative use of ancient and organic materials. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Worcester Art Museum and Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery. Sisson has exhibited internationally at the Teda Contemporary Art Museum, Tianjin, China; The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey; and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, among many others. More about Toby Sisson here.
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