Deborah Stratman

Stratman Deborah

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Artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman makes work around issues of power, control and belief, exploring how places, ideas, and society are intertwined.  She regards sound as the ultimate multi-tool and time to be supernatural.  Her 40+ films and multiple artworks have addressed freedom, surveillance, public speech, sinkholes, levitation, orthoptera, raptors, comets, evolution, extinction, exodus, sisterhood and faith and have been exhibited and awarded internationally. She is a Fulbright, Guggenheim and United States Artist Fellow, the recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Sundance Art of Nonfiction Award and grants from Creative Capital, Graham Foundation, Harpo Foundation, Shifting Foundation and Wexner Center for the Arts. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.

Films (selection): OTHERHOOD (2023), LAST THINGS (2023), LAIKA (2021), FOR THE TIME BEING (2021), VEVER (FOR BARBARA) (2019), OPTIMISM (2018).