Competition: US & Canada
Jon-Sesrie Goff’s work explores the intersection of race, power, identity, and environments by unearthing the visceral representational value and authenticity behind the images propelled across varying diasporas. His motivation to create work, primarily with the moving image, is to find ways to reflect on the worlds he’s seen and relate himself to the rest of humanity while contributing to the collective imagining (and imaging) of more inclusive and just futures. Goff’s work includes extensive research, visual documentation, and oral history interviews in the coastal American South on the legacy of Black land ownership and Gullah Geechee heritage preservation. He studied sociology, economics, and theater at Morehouse College and completed his BA at The New School, along with an MFA from Duke University in Experimental and Documentary Arts. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Flaherty Film Seminar and served as the inaugural Museum Specialist for Film at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. Jon-Sesrie engages with his work from the paradigm of a social change instigator.