Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel is a photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Through her work, she strives to tell personal stories that connect to larger themes of migration, race, identity and movement as activism.
Samuel is presently developing ‘Home Away from Home”, a photographic and multimedia body of work on the global South Asian diaspora. Through this project she explores issues of identity and belonging facing diaspora populations as they migrate from one culture and adapt to another – examining what they take with them and what they leave behind. Samuel’s photographs have appeared in solo exhibitions at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and group shows at the International Museum of Women, Arizona State University, Carlitos Café y Galeria and Chambers Fine Art Gallery. Thus far she has photographed in Kenya, South Africa and Trinidad.
As a filmmaker, Samuel is currently working on two short films that she directed and shot. “Claiming Our Voice”, documents the creation of a community theater project by Andolan, an institution founded by and for low-wage South Asian women domestic workers in Queens, NY. “Folklore & Fishnets” is a story about a young Brooklyn-based neo-folkloric performance ensemble that specializes in dance theater of the African diaspora.
Samuel has worked on several independent documentary films including “Revolucion: Cinco Miradas” (2006), “Perishable” (in production) and “An American Promise” (in production) as well as “The Storm” (2005), “HEAT” (2008), “The Old Man and The Storm” (2009), “The Quake” (2010) and “Cell Tower Deaths”(2012) for PBS FRONTLINE. In 2009, Samuel co-produced “Even So”, her first narrative short with visual artist, Hank Willis Thomas and writer/director, Caran Hartsfield. In 2010, she produced “Child Rights and Climate Change: Your World, Your Voice, Your Future”, an educational film for UNICEF. In 2009, “Less Talk, More Action”, a short film she produced, was narrated by teenagers live in front of 192 world leaders at the Secretary General’s Summit on Climate Change at the United Nations.
Samuel recently founded Visionaries, a nomadic series bringing together artists and organizations with a common mission. She was a co-founder and curator of the Brooklyn Photo Salon, a lively quarterly community gathering bringing together emerging and established photographers to view and discuss photography.
Samuel received her B.A. in Anthropology from New York University. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Dominica before obtaining her Masters from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in 2005 focusing on Media and Economic Development.