Film Screening and Breast Cancer Awareness Talk

Film Screening and Breast Cancer Awareness Talk

Date: 27-Apr-2021
Capacity: Not Set (0% booked)


Join us for a special Zoom virtual event!
Film Screening and Breast Cancer Awareness Talk
With special guests Erika Stallings and Cherie Sampson
In conjunction with the 58th Annual Juried Competition
Tuesday, April 27, at 5:30pm CST.

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Artist Cherie Sampson was awarded Best in Show in the 58th Annual Juried Competition by Juror Dr. Kelli Morgan. Her video work, entitled (karuna), depicts her own experience with a diagnosis of breast cancer. The Zoom event will begin with a screening of the brief film including comments by the artist. The floor will then be given to Erika Stallings, whose topic of discussion will be “What Black Families Need to Know About Familial and Hereditary Cancer.”

A brief introduction of both guests may be found below along with a description of the film. The link to the Zoom event can be found on our website and social media pages or can be requested to be sent via email by contacting the Masur Museum of Art at or (318) 329-2237. We also request that you email us at the above email to RSVP so we can get a headcount for the event.

An introduction to Erika Stallings: Erika Stallings is an attorney, writer, and patient advocate. In June 2014 she learned that she carried a BRCA2 mutation and underwent a preventative double mastectomy in December 2014. She advocates for equitable access to genetic counseling and testing and her writing on racial disparities has been published in the New York Times, O Magazine, the Huffington Post, NPR and others. She currently serves as patient advisor for a National Cancer Institute funded study at Memorial Sloan Kettering seeking to create a video model to increase uptake of genetic counseling and testing in minority communities. She also serves as a member of a working group for the Susan G. Komen African American Health Equity Initiative. She is also the co-chair for the Young Leadership Council for the Basser Center for BRCA, which has raised over $100,000 for cancer research.

An introduction to Cherie Sampson: Cherie Sampson has worked for thirty years as an interdisciplinary artist in environmental performance, sculpture, and video art. She has exhibited internationally in art-in-nature symposia, video/film screenings, and exhibitions in the U.S., Chile, France, Finland, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain, South Korea, the UK, and other countries. Her solo in-situ performances have taken place in the U.S., Finland, Norway, Cuba, Spain, Netherlands (in a performance attended by the Dutch Queen) and South Korea. In 2018, the Pori Museum of Art in Finland acquired media documentation of her site-based installations and performances created in Finland for their permanent collection. Her current project titled “” depicts an experience with hereditary breast cancer exploring topics of science, genetics, and integrative healing from a patient’s perspective of modern medicine. Sampson is the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships, a Finnish Cultural Foundation Grant, and multiple university research grants. She is a Professor in the School of Visual Studies at the University of Missouri.

Statement about video:
Cherie Sampson, (karuna), 2019
One of the nine emotions (navarasas) described in the ancient Indian text on drama, the Natyashastra, karuna is the rasa of anguish and despair. This film depicts the first 72 hours after a hereditary breast cancer diagnosis through a tense montage of sound juxtaposed with close-ups of gestural expression and contrasting images of the natural world. The layered soundscape is comprised of phone calls and conversations with family and medical practitioners documented by the filmmaker while navigating the overwhelming information in the days immediately following the life-changing news. The video, “ (karuna)” is part of a larger performance project depicting stories, including the artist’s, about hereditary breast cancer that explores topics of science, genetics, integrative oncology and healing - from the patient’s perspective of modern medicine.

Erika Stallings, attorney, writer, and patient advocate.

Cherie Sampson, “ (karuna),” 2019, video art.