gif of light moving across a desert landscape

"Badlands Time", from Topography (a work in progress multimedia documentary), 2022

Hannah Jayanti

Film/Video/New Media
Artist in Residence, 2022
McEvoy Family Award

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Artist Statement

I’m a documentary filmmaker, organizer, and educator. My work explores ethics and politics through process and form, and is centered on questions of landscape, listening, memory, time, capitalism, and interdependence.

While at Headlands

I will be focusing on Topography, a multimedia documentary project exploring how humans relate to, and separate ourselves from, “nature”. Set in and around US National Parks, Topography fragments across time, species, scales, and histories to reveal how different perspectives shape the land and its futures. Combining lyrical and observational documentary with virtual reality imagery from geographical and spatial data, it’s a project about land use, nature, belonging, memory, and our endless navigation with change.

Selected Work

Hannah Jayanti, Truth or Consequences [trailer], 2020; Directed, produced, written, edited and shot by Hannah Jayanti. In collaboration with Alexander Porter, Sara Archambault, Bill Frisell and others. Full film at