6 February to 16 May 2021 (Charleroi, Belgium)
Exhibition, Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay
Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi
11, avenue Paul Pastur, Charleroi, Belgium
6-7 & 27-28 March 2021, 10am to 2pm (NYC time) (Online, register here.)
Necessary Fictions workshop
This workshop is a collective practice of looking and thinking. In a world of deepfakes and “fake news,” the role of images in telling true stories is increasingly in question. What strategies are available to visual image-makers addressing real-world issues? How may fictions be used in narrative storytelling? In this online course we investigate the many ways fictions can illuminate the truth, visually. Students will be introduced to examples in still photography, film, and other visual media, and explore how to integrate these methods into their own practice, whether in a documentary or fine-art context.
ICP Continuing Education program
2 April to 28 May, 2021 (Online, apply here)
Mentor, "Image-Based Strategies for Social Change" seminar taught by Fred Ritchin
Screen Arts School 2021 Online Certificate Program
Selected Past Events
17, 18 & 19 February 2021 (Online)
ICP Lessons: Debi Cornwall on Necessary Fictions
A three-day series of online lectures and discussions hosted by David Campany, ICP Managing Director of Programs.
19 September 2020 (Online)
Diversity in Visual Storytelling
Photoville Main Stage
With Leica Women Foto Project awardees Eva Wooldridge and Yana Paskova, moderated by Laura Roumanos
4 September 2020 (Online)
Necessary Fictions US book launch, with Yasufumi Nakamori, Tate Modern Senior Curator of International Art (Photography), and Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photographs, Harvard Art Museums.
Hosted by Radius Books.
27 August 2020 (Online)
Necessary Fictions: A Conversation with Leica Women Foto Award juror, curator Elizabeth Avedon, about photo book-making.
Hosted by Leica Camera
31 July 2020 (Online)
Panelist, "Visual Journalism in the Post-Truth Era," with Tanya Habjouqa, Stephen Mayes, and Zahra Rasool. Moderated by Fred Ritchin, hosted by Fotodemic.
21 May 2020 (Online)
Artist's Lecture, "Necessary Fictions"
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
14 & 15 March 2020 (NYC)
Weekend workshop: Necessary Fictions.
5 March 2020 (Washington, D.C.)
"Necessary Fictions": In conversation with David Chickey at STABLE Arts.
16 January 2020 (Washington, D.C.)
Invited speaker, National Geographic Storytellers Summit.
18 November 2019 (New York, NY)
Leica x Soho House: Women in Focus
17 October 2019 (New York, NY)
40th Annual W. Eugene Smith Grants in Humanistic Photography Ceremony
Honored as a finalist for Necessary Fictions.
9 May 2019 (London, England)
Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award Shortlist & Award Presentation
"Tim Hetherington (photographer and filmmaker 1970 ~ 2011) inspired a generation with his grassroots innovations as a contributor to global media. The Tim Hetherington Trust continues his mission for this and future generations. To this end the Visionary Award introduces visual storytellers working in many different disciplines, each with a nugget of knowledge that will inspire and enlighten. Tonight’s discussion will explore the work and ideas of the [six] journalists and artists shortlisted for the 2019 Visionary Award, culminating in the announcement of the award itself.
The jury's statement in shortlisting NECESSARY FICTIONS: Pineland: "Debi is developing an extraordinary documentary voice that uses factual records of fictional events to explore our relationship with truth at a time when the traditional media doesn’t know how to respond to a heaving ocean of disinformation. The two-screen production proposed for the Visionary Award is an installation piece with potential to influence key media players who are struggling to express modern complexities and meanwhile would be essential viewing for anyone trying to make sense of what we see in the media."
11 October 2018 (New Haven, CT)
Artist Lecture, Yale Law School Visual Law Project
8 October 2018 (New York, NY)
Artist Lecture, Pace University (Art as a Vehicle for Social Change).
28 June 2018 (Philadelphia, PA)
Panelist, "Rendered: Art, Wrongful Imprisonment, and Guantánamo."
With releasee memoirist Mohamedou Ould Salahi; attorney Christi A. Charpentier; and artist Emily Abendroth, founder of the Lifelines Project. Moderated by Prof. Nicole Fleetwood.
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
5 April 2018 (New York, NY)
Aperture PhotoBook Spotlight talk with Lesley A. Martin and David Chickey
16 March 2018 (Houston, TX)
Creative Conversation with James Estrin, New York Times Lens editor
10 February 2018 (Paris, France)
Conversation between Debi Cornwall, Aglaia Konrad, Paola Yakoub, and curator Diane Dufour on work in the group show, En Suspens (In Between).
13 November 2017 (Paris, France)
Artist Lecture & Discussion, Photography in the Age of Global Surveillance and Perpetual Wars, with Lewis Bush
Columbia University Global Centers.
16 October 2017 (New York, NY)
Symposium Panelist, What Does it Mean to Make Art at Guantánamo?
John Jay College, CUNY.
5 October 2017 (New York, NY)
Panelist, Bending the Frame: Where do we go from here? Moderated by Fred Ritchin.
NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
22 September 2017, MoMA PS1 (Queens, NY)
Panelist, "Photobooks: Protest & Resistance," Contemporary Artists' Book Conference
New York Art Book Fair.
14 March 2017 (Geneva, Switzerland)
Panelist, Saying War, Building Peace
Palais des Nations, UN Headquarters.