BackTalk Videográfica is a visual resistance art studio made up of Lani Rodriguez and Sarah Secunda. We create media that informs, provokes, and meets today’s urgent need for complex storytelling.
We surround ourselves with those who love their communities and value collaboration. We work with people, groups and organizations engaging with, challenging and changing our society.
Lani Rodriguez (she/her) is a Bay Area-raised queer Latinx graphic artist and film poster designer.
I draw inspiration from my immigrant family — the flea markets I grew up going to; the family parties drenched in the scent of carne asada and the sounds of cumbia and merengue; my DJ brother’s 90s hip-hop and R&B records; and the cultural diversity of my city.
I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college (Sociology), and then to get a Master’s (Media Studies). When I discovered Sociology, I realized I’ve always felt like I had a foot in two places. My teachers taught me about power and gave me a larger context to understand myself. I learned about the importance of self-representation — the difference between who you’re portrayed to be and who you actually are.
I want to create work that respects all the communities I love. I design for everyone seeking to expand the language of possibility. I work with people compelled to create new visions of the world.
SARAH SECUNDA (They/ Them) is a documentary cinematographer who thrives on creating media that challenges the narratives of power.
I love collaborating with people to make visuals that impact the cultural conversation.
I’ve worked with performers, activists, grassroots social movements, non-profits, entrepreneurs, museums, progressive TV shows and more.
In all situations, it’s important to me to have fun, experiment, and go beyond what’s considered possible. And once you’ve got me on board, I’m ride or die.