Cindy O'Dell
I have documented the world around me since I was 13. I strive to subvert both traditional documentary practice and narrative structures, revealing both their flaws and potential. I am a storyteller and documentarian, but ultimately I am more interested in dispelling stereotypes than representing a single perspective on reality.

Thematically, I explore notions of gender identity; biography and self; and land, memory and place. I work within a cultural and/or historical framework that ties together both personal and global concerns. I find inspiration from archives, both personal and public. I use these sources as a device to deepen the discussion about the ideas I am exploring.

I work to dissect/disrupt/disturb an image/site/story in the hopes of illuminating inequitable power structures. With this in mind, most recently, I am investigating loss narratives and local and global stories of displacement. I also often employ the autobiographical format to explore larger issues, such as gender and class. In this way, I turn the camera on myself, expanding the documentary format to include self-documentation.

My practice embodies activism -- seeking to enlighten the viewer and incite change or, at the very least, create awareness. My goal is to create transformative experiences for the viewer- which resonate beyond aesthetics. Ultimately, I attempt to find beauty in the midst of human struggle, while providing a passage for a multitude of voices.