17 October 2019, 7-8:30pm (free and open to the public with RSVP)
40th Annual W. Eugene Smith Grants in Humanistic Photography Ceremony
Honored as a finalist for Necessary Fictions
SVA Theater, 333 W. 23rd St., New York, NY
Selected Past Events
14 March 2017 (Geneva, Switzerland)
Panelist, Saying War, Building Peace, Palais des Nations, United Nations Headquarters.
22 September 2017, MoMA PS1 (Queens, NY)
Panelist, "Photobooks: Protest and Resistance," Contemporary Artists' Book Conference, New York Art Book Fair.
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.
16 October 2017 (New York, NY)
Symposium Panelist, What Does it Mean to Make Art at Guantánamo?, John Jay College, CUNY.
13 November 2017 (Paris, France)
Artist’s Lecture & Discussion, Photography in the Age of Global Surveillance and Perpetual Wars, with Lewis Bush,
Columbia University Global Centers.
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). Le BAL.
16 March 2018 (Houston, TX)
Creative Conversation with James Estrin, New York Times Lens editor, Fotofest Biennial.
5 April 2018 (New York, NY)
Aperture PhotoBook Spotlight talk with Lesley A. Martin and David Chickey, AIPAD.
13 May 2018 (Sydney, Australia)
Artist's Lecture, Head On Photo Festival.
28 June 2018 (Philadelphia, PA)
Panel discussion, "Rendered: Art, Wrongful Imprisonment, and Guantánamo."
With releasee memoirist Mohamedou Ould Slahi (via Skype from Mauritania); attorney Christi A. Charpentier; and artist Emily Abendroth, founder of the Lifelines project. Moderated by Prof. Nicole Fleetwood.
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
18 August 2018 (Percé, Canada)
Artist's Talk (in french)
les Rencontres de la Photographie en Gaspésie
Percé-Rocher National Park Discovery Center.
8 October 2018 (New York, NY)
Artist's Lecture, Pace University (Art as a Vehicle for Social Change).
11 October 2018 (New Haven, CT)
Artist's Lecture, Yale Law School Visual Law Project.
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."