Dr Thea Pitman's work linked to Leeds International Festival

Leeds International Festival

The festival includes a film screening and photography exhibition that features a project closely linked to work by Thea Pitman.

The screening is on Saturday, 28 April, 7-9pm, in Duke Studios. It is free to attend, but places are limited and filling up fast.

The documentary is in Portuguese, with English subtitles, and will be followed with a Q and A session with Thydêwá’s director, Sebastián Gerlic, in conjunction with Dr Maria das Dores de Oliveira of the Pankararu community.

The Digital Natives photography exhibition opens at 34-38 Boar Lane from 11am on Saturday. There will also be children’s photography and art workshops on Sunday, allowing those aged from six to 16 to experiment with what being a ‘digital native’ might look like to them. The Sunday children’s activities are also free, but must be booked here.

The exhibition will remain at the venue until 01 May, then move up to Leeds University Union from 03-12 May. Images from the exhibition can currently be seen on one of the giant LEEDS letters at the entrance to the train station, and on banners across the city.

Dr Pitman said: “The exhibition, children’s art workshops and film screening have all come about as a result of my work looking at how Latin American indigenous communities have appropriated the internet and the terms they have chosen to use to express their relationship to it.

“I absolutely love working with Thydêwá and going beyond the bounds of my normal academic comfort zone.”

More information and book a place at the screening

Image shows Jaguatirica Tupinambá. Picture: Sebastián Gerlic.