Tell Them We Were Here

In Conversation

  • Lawrence Rinder, Director Emeritus of BAMPFA is a writer, farmer, and political activist living in Northern California.

  • Nigel Poor is a Bay Area artist, educator, and a cofounder and comanaging producer of the San Quentin Prison Report Radio Project (SQPR) where she cocreated the award-winning prison-based podcast Ear Hustle. Poor’s work has been shown at many institutions including the San Jose Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

  • Tucker Nichols is an artist based in Northern California and the creator of the ongoing project Flowers for Sick People. His work has been featured at numerous museums and galleries including The Drawing Center in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Structured as a series of intersecting, beautifully photographed studio visits and conversations annotated with archival and contemporary images, Tell Them We Were Here focuses on the work of eight groundbreaking Bay Area artists. Considering Amy Franceschini’s merging of design, research, public art, and gardening; Tucker Nichols’s mail art; Jim Goldberg’s photographs of the poor and the rich; Lynn Hershman Leeson’s prescient works on identity, surveillance, and artificial intelligence; Nigel Poor’s collaboration with the incarcerated at San Quentin prison; Michael Swaine’s Mending Library; Alicia McCarthy’s mural in the Tenderloin; and Sadie Barnette’s transformation of the FBI file on her activist father into a glittering celebration of resistance and survival, the documentary shows how these artists have engaged with the legacies of Bay Area activism and social consciousness through their work. Joined by a chorus of colleagues, curators, and collaborators, they reflect on the influence of historical countercultural movements, as well as contemporary social and economic challenges, in fostering an art scene less concerned with money and power than with imagination, innovation, community, and care.

Kate MacKay
  • Keelan Williams
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 90 mins
  • Griff Williams
  • Keelan Williams