Tara’s work demonstrates a sustained commitment to advocacy within both visual research and visual journalism. Among many other activities, she is co-Founder and Board Member of Authority Collective (AC), an organization created in 2017 to resource women of color visual media makers, and to intervene in the gatekeeping networks of power within visual media industries. In her work as a visual journalist, visual ethnographer, and multimedia curator Tara adopts creative strategies to anti-racist work, using visuals to reimagine marginalized individuals and communities.
The committee was impressed by Tara’s wide range of creative efforts to support work that is inclusive and anti-racist, including industry activism as part of community advocacy for marginalized media makers; research, scholarship, and pedagogy underscoring decolonizing visual practices; and practice regarding the representation of marginality as photographer, film-maker, and curator. Her work reflects both a serious commitment and a remarkable record of collaboration and activism.