Walking Tour with Mengwen Cao, Authority Collective

Sunday, April 28th | 5PM

Meet at Info Booth West

All walking tours are free and are open to all.


Tour Photoville with Mengwen Cao, artist and co-curator of the exhibition by Authority Collective, a group of womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people of color reclaiming their authority in the photography, film, VR/AR industries.

Make sure to visit Authority Collective’s exhibition Parallax at Photoville LA.


Mengwen Cao headshotMengwen Cao (b. 1990, Hangzhou, China) is a photographer, videographer and multimedia producer based in New York. Her recent work investigates the in-between space of race, gender, and cultural identity. Her projects have been featured on The New York Times, NPR, Mashable, BUST, The Guardian, and several others. She has participated in international exhibitions like Photoville NYC, Jimei x Arles, Lianzhou Foto Festival.

She was selected as one of PDN’s 30 new and emerging photographers in 2019. She was a 2018 Magnum Foundation fellow. She graduated from the New Media Narratives and Documentary Practice program at the International Center of Photography in 2017. She received her BA in English from Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, and her MA in Instructional Technology from the University of Texas at Austin.


The Authority Collective is a group of womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people of color reclaiming their authority in the photography, film and VR/AR industries.

Our mission is to empower marginalized artists with resources and community, and to take action against systemic and individual abuses in the world of lens-based editorial, documentary and commercial visual work.

The work of Authority Collective has been featured at Month of Photography LA and at Photoville NYC. It has been profiled by Humble Arts Foundation, The New York Times and many others.

As an organization that seeks to recognize and highlight the work of POC photographers, specifically inclusive of queer, trans and nonbinary visual media makers, Authority Collective invites photographers of color to re-vision the lexicon that imagines the queer form, framing it as beautiful, strong, complex and multi-faceted.

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