Tahiel Jimenez Medina
2024 Mid-Career Project Grantee | $10,000
Of Migrant Mothers
Of Migrant Mothers is a unique community storytelling and filmmaking project that invites three first generation immigrant mothers in collaboration with Tahiel Jimenez Medina to share their stories and transform them into short experimental narrative films. The three films will be exhibited in a public gallery space, online for the virtual public, and collectively celebrated during a closing event for the storytellers in the project.
Tahiel Jimenez Medina (he, they) is an award winning Queer Colombian first-generation immigrant writer director. In resistance to cultural erasure and imperial homogenization, Medina’s poetic films preserve and recognize tender personal memories, fragmented identities due to trauma and migration, and the haunting revelations of our dreams, grounded in dedication to his beloved mama and migrant mothers who flee generational violence. Medina’s visions reached national and international audiences through film festivals including Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, and Provincetown International Film Festival. He screens films on public local parking lots for his intimate community to gather and dream together. Recognitions include The Apichatpong Weerasethakul Playlab, The UFO Film Lab, The Jerome Fellowship, The Jerome Media Production Grant, and The McKnight Fellowship among others. tahielfilms.com
The McKnight Foundation generously enables Forecast to provide Professional Development Grants for mid-career artists seeking to expand their work in the field of public art. Forecast mid- and early-career grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.