Crimson staff writer
Joshua R. McTaggart
Standing behind a microphone in Science Center D, Daily Guerrero ’14 delivered a spoken word poem in the style of a hip-hop artist, but rather than taking on many of the themes common to hip-hop, she used the piece to “expose the ugly truth of female sexual objectification and its effects.”
Creating an effective documentary is a decidedly difficult task; one must carefully consider both the story and its intended audience, and along the way, balance the variety of perspectives that comprise the finished product. In 2009, documentary filmmaker Michael Sheridan attempted this complex undertaking, and worked to capture on film the true conditions of war-stricken Afghanistan. To achieve a more realistic representation of the underdeveloped nation, Sheridan trained a group of Afghani students in the art of documentary filmmaking, so that their stories could be told in their own voices.
In a panel discussion at the Carpenter Center on February 3, recent alumnae from Harvard’s VES department offered encouraging words to students considering careers in the visual arts. The discussion, entitled ‘Object Lessons,’ brought together Xiaowei Wang ’08, Meredith E. James ’04 and Liz Glynn ’03 to discuss what life outside the classroom can hold for Harvard students interested in becoming professional artists.
A script that should have been condensed and sharpened, along with questionable uses of projections and background effects prevent the A.R.T.’s latest production from doing justice to Derrah’s commendable performance.