Professor of Film and Photography
Professor Hayden is a founding faculty member of Hampshire College's study abroad program in Havana, Cuba. In January 2002 and 2003, she and her students completed the first digital photographic archive of the old city of Havana, Cuba. This was a community service project for the Office of the Historian in Havana by Hampshire College. She has been the faculty in residence in Havana for an academic semester in 2003, 2006 and 2010.
September 2003-July 2004 Ms. Hayden collaborated with Cuban dance troupe, Danza Voluminosa on a theater production, Una Muerte Dulce, staged at Teatro Nacional, Havana on July 4, 2004. In 201, she created a video projection for Danza Voluminosas' latest theater production, Freddy. Ms. Hayden has also collaborated with Cuban documentary filmmaker Lizette Vila on numerous projects, in 2004 the video Sexualidad about the Cuban transvestite community and March 2010 Anti Barbie, a collaborative photography project was exhibited at the National Museum of Bellas Artes in Havana. In April 2007 she had a solo exhibition at Artes Plasticas Galleria in Havana and in March 2009 portraits from Sexualidad were exhibited in "Gender, (Trans) Gender and the (De)Generates," A Special Project of the 10th Edition of the Havana Art Biennial on Integration and Resistance of Genders in the Global Era.
The human form; nude, naked, clothed, full bodies, partial bodies, gendered and racial bodies, young and old bodies constitute a primary subject in contemporary artistic practice. In this class we will explore both the traditions of the photographic nude in art and its subversions in late 20th and 21st century photography. Students will be expected to develop a "body" of photographs related to the topic that can intersect anywhere with the body: straight portraiture, nudes, abstractions of bodies or virtual Web bodies. Students will be instructed to use cameras, computers and materials to develop an aesthetic strategy that either embraces or challenges existing genres. Instructor Permission.