We estimate less than 15% of articles about Black visual artists have images. As a project, Black Lunch Table (BLT) project creates a space to encourage people of color and women to join the Wikimedia movement while also creating spaces for all editors to focus on gaps in coverage on Wikimedia. We mobilize the creation and improvement of a specific set of Wikimedia documents that pertain to the lives and works of Black artists. Outside of Wikipedia the project creates an online searchable oral history archive focused on filling gaps in art historical records.
Over the past year Black Lunch Table has hosted pop-up portrait studios in an effort to make WikiCommons more equitable. Through this initiative we invite professional photographers to take portraits of artists for WikiCommons.
How do we fill the gap in WikiCommons and visualize all human knowledge without repeating systematic bias and turning it into the racist coverage of an old National Geographic magazine?
For this presentation/workshop, we would
like to share the work that we are doing for WikiCommons as a user group focused on visibility of black artists as well as the politics of images, especially as it relates to open access licenses, copyright and authorship issues, and global post-colonial issues. The discussion will also relate to the ethics of archives/museum holdings, audio recording, documentary photography, photo contests, social media and crowdsourcing.
The second half of this presentation will include an open problem-solving charrette-style workshop where the audience is invited to strategize together for a more equitable WikiCommons.
(SDG 9,11,17) Within the Wikimedia ecology, images are the most universal piece of information since they do not depend on language, and certainly, they are central to GLAM institutions. In order for our communities to see themselves reflected fairly, we all must examine the ways in which biases in imaging must be addressed. This supports (SDG 4, 5, 10) goals and underscores Wiki’s central tenet of free and fair knowledge for all, knowledge can only be truly free and fair when the images shared and the histories/articles/representations being shared represent the whole of the people.
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a: