Intisar Abioto ( Born 1986 ) is an adventurer, dancer, photographer, and writer. Originally from Memphis, TN, her work is an active exploration of life through arts, storytelling, and adventure. With an ongoing research focus on the global African Diaspora, her unique form of story inquiry as a way of life has taken her from Memphis to Berlin to Djibouti, seeking the authentic stories of people within the African Diaspora.
In 2013, she began photographing The Black Portlanders, an ongoing photo essay, blog, and a cross-modal arts adventure which images people of African descent in Portland, OR. In 2014 she began work as lead photographer for the Urban League of Portland’s State of Black Oregon. Along with her four artist sisters, she is the co-creator of The People Could Fly Project. They turned Virginia Hamilton’s award-winning book, The People Could Fly, into an international transmedia expedition.
Intisar swears by the true life and love that can be found in fantasy, folklore, language, and movement. She makes her home in Portland, Oregon and her adventure… everywhere.
Storytelling, dreams, history, geography, and choreography are at the root of my practice. The medium is cross-disciplinary. The tools are what can be found at hand. I was a dancer first, a writer second, a photographer third, and a human body wending her way through life always. This sense of the informational body in space, a body full of information both sensing and effecting the landscape is my way. Photography is the most prominent current practice, but this is also choreography. This too, is the body turning on all its sensors and in every direction. This too, is a form of precognition, to hear the story that could be from all that is around you.
If a photograph is a stamp, one packet of knowledge, then this a weaving of information across geographic and temporal existence. I hope the path is one of connection, an ever an emboldening of life through the image.