From Sharing to Empowering

Celebrate Our Community, One Story at a Time

Clothes and style can be a powerful tool to use and manipulate. However, it can also be something that limits us, something that traps us.

Stories have magic power. They can open our mind, lift our spirit, and sometimes even amplify the voice of a whole marginalized community. This two-weekend workshop led by Lanny Xiuzhu Li offers an opportunity for people to understand the value of their personal experiences and discover the potential of visual storytelling. Using their multimedia platform ‘every wardrobe an IDENTITY’ as a model, Lanny invites students to explore different ways of storytelling and create engaging narratives of their own through photos, videos, and other possible media.

-Who can join the workshop?

This workshop centers on people who identify as gender minorities ( queer, trans, etc.), BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) and other marginalized bodies, but it also welcomes anyone who is open to or interested in socially engaged visual storytelling.

-Why this workshop?

The projects we create can help make a difference both within and outside of the community.

Dates and Time

January 23th & 24th 2021 (Sat. & Sun.)
February 6th & 7th (Sat. & Sun.)
Time: 9 AM-11 AM EST (2PM-4PM GMT)

Workshop Duration

2 by 2 hours sessions
4 hours per week
8 hours in total


No technical prerequisites. Interest in personal storytelling.

Genderqueer Photographer & Visual Artist

Lanny Xiuzhu Li


Lanny Xiuzhu Li

Lanny Xiuzhu Li is a genderqueer photographer and visual artist from China. After finishing their master’s in American Studies at SUNY Buffalo with the focus on Asian American History, Cinema Studies, and Queer Theories, Lanny got a scholarship to study at International Center of Photography (ICP), first in New Media program and then Creative Practice program. Integrating their interest in theory with a passion for visual art, Lanny started to make multimedia projects that deal with the diaspora, social justice, sexuality and gender identity.

Lanny believes in the power of storytelling and visual language. To them, visual art projects are not only an outlet of emotions: it can be a tool to teach and to help the audience learn; it can be a bridge to mend the gap and to connect people of different backgrounds; it can also be a weapon to empower those who are less heard and underrepresented. They hope that their work can help create a strong voice for marginalized groups especially the Asian American queer community they regard as their chosen family.

In 2019, Lanny’s performance video got Honorable Mention in the PDN Student Photo Contest’s Multimedia & Video Category. Meanwhile, they held their first solo exhibition at New York Art Center and showed works at several galleries in New York and Paris.

Why Take This Class

Students will benefit in the following ways


Multimedia and Visual Storytelling
Online Workshop
Make a Difference
Personal Growth


Gender minorities
(Queer, Trans, etc.),
(Black, Indigenous and People of Color)
Anyone open to socially
engaged visual storytelling