The Gordon Parks Foundation Essay Prize at Harvard offers three $5,000 grants to Harvard undergraduate, graduate students and alumni per academic year for essays that explore the relationship between visual art and justice as it pertains to racial equity. The prize, which honors the legacy of photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks, serves to acknowledge the importance of visual literacy and the nexus of race and citizenship, particularly in the United States. The Gordon Parks Foundation Essay Prize is part of the foundation’s year-round educational and grant-making initiatives to support students.
Julianna Kardish ’20 joint degree in Art, Film and Visual Studies and Social Anthropology
Julianna Kardish’s “A Counter-Cartography of Cape Town: Tracing the Grounded Realities of Homeless Women in Crises” offers a creative ethnographic account of homeless South African women traversing Cape Town. Framed around on the ground research, this narrative examines the legacy of spatial apartheid as it affects homeless women’s access to spaces and places, both real and imagined, and the resources available in these locations as well as the variety of crises that these women face daily, and how each crisis shapes their daily city life experience.