Awardee: Lori Lee

Moving Image, 2005

Lori Lee was born in Texas in 1970. She has published several articles addressing slavery, archaeology, and space and place and has received a number of academic scholarships, awards, and grants for her work. Her research interests focus on issues of identity as negotiated in context and expressed through material culture. She received a BA and an MA in anthropology from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the anthropology program at Syracuse University with a specialization in the historical archaeology of the African diaspora.

Project: Carry On

_Carry On_ is a short film about the search for an illegal Haitian immigrant, using an abandoned backpack as the primary clue. Based on the filmmakers' research of a hidden aspect of illegal immigration, the film references the process in which individuals arrive on U.S. shores in wet clothes, with dry clothes protected in a plastic bag. After making landfall, they exchange their wet clothes for dry, their old identity for new. In lush and poetic visual language, _Carry On_ chronicles the search for "Eulysses," a pseudonym for the bag's owner, whose identity is constructed through the contents of the bag.