Amanda Herman is a San Francisco based artist and educator. She has a BFA from the University of New Mexico in Photography and Education and an MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts. Her work focuses on themes of survival, memory, and history. In 2005 she began a multi-year project working with families and individuals who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. In April 2006 she co-produced Finding Shelter, an exhibition of stories by survivors of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake and those from Hurricane Katrina. The exhibit was shown inside a restored 1906 earthquake cottage placed on Market Street in downtown San Francisco. Her short film, Lost Island, explores the flooding and failed citywide evacuation that left the eleven member Morris family trapped in their apartment during the hurricane. Set in the remains of their New Orleans home and at their present home in Oakland, the film focuses on the residual dreams, memories and trauma of each family member.
Herman has lead community-based photography, writing and video programs for the last eight years. She was lead artist of youth projects for the California Council for the Humanities California Stories grant, I am OMI, and worked for four years as Project Director for the Sixth Street Photography Workshop. Her individual and collaborative work has been shown at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Outpost Center for Contemporary Art, Museum of the African Diaspora Stories Project, New Langton Art Gallery, Triple Base Gallery, Ping Yao, Chinese International Photo Festival, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and other national and international venues. In 2008 she completed a post-graduate fellowship at the Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden where she created Ett hus, en dagbok, en hemliget (A House, A Diary, A Secret), an audio tour of Gothenburg's City Museum that explored the building's hidden spaces and told unknown stories from the city's past. She is currently working on The Making Of Talzar, a collaborative video project with an Iraqi refugee in Sweden.