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Step into the world of shadow puppetry with acclaimed filmmaker Olivia Peace. Peace draws inspiration from Walker's Testimony: Narrative of a Negress Burdened by Good Intentions and Six Miles From Springfield, combining traditional techniques with modern storytelling. Gain a deeper understanding of the history and cultural significance behind this ancient art form and learn how to create shadow play through hands-on activities and demonstrations. For ages 15 & Up.


Olivia Peace graduated from USC and holds a master's degree in interactive media and games. Their thesis project, Against Reality, is a room-scale interactive experience built using AI neural networks. The film premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and won the 2022 Student Academy Award. While still in their master's program, Olivia's debut feature film, TAHARA and premiered with rave reviews at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival. It won awards at dozens of festivals around the world.



Please be advised that this exhibition contains powerful and thought-provoking imagery that addresses sensitive topics such as rape, violence against women, children, and African Americans. We understand that these images can be triggering for some visitors, and we want to ensure that everyone feels safe and comfortable during their visit.


Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to attend this event may contact Maria Galicia at (213)740-5549, galiciam@usc.edu. It is requested that individuals requiring accommodations or auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify us at least 10 days prior to the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.

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