A series of artist films foregrounding contemporary artists and directors whose work explores cultural identity through moving image portraits centred on the abstracted and politicised body as a conveyor of lived experience.
Ayo Akingbade, Tower XYZ, 2016, 3 minutes, courtesy of the artist
Accompanied by a lilting soundtrack, characters wander through London’s concrete jungle as the narrator reflects on the current state of the city and her imagined future.
‘In Tower XYZ I wanted to feature my experience of living in Hackney and document London’s ever-changing landscape. I wondered if I did not capture it, would people know of an African fabric shop called Afrique Fabrics that once shone majestically on Kingsland High Street for many years? I wanted to see myself and my community represented in a way that was authentic.’ – Ayo Akingbade
Hannah Black, My Bodies, 2014, 3 minutes, courtesy of the artist and Arcadia Missa, London
‘I wanted to say something about how there is no generic body, no such thing as “the body”; bodies are raced, gendered, and assisted differently in the world. I collected images of white business executives, and you hear the voices of African-American female singers—Aaliyah, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, and many others—all singing the phrase “my body.’ – Hannah Black
Rhea Storr, A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message, 2018, 12 minutes, courtesy of the artist
Celebration is protest at Leeds West Indian Carnival. A look at forms of authority, A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message asks who is really performing. Following Mama Dread’s, a troupe whose carnival theme is Caribbean immigration to the UK, we are asked to consider the visibility of black bodies, particularly in rural spaces.
The films will be screened on a loop in our Basement during opening hours on Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 May, Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 May, and Thursday 30 – Friday 31 May. Free, drop in
Hannah Black is an artist and writer from the UK, living and working in New York. Her works have been recently exhibited at mumok, Vienna; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Real Fine Arts, New York; Arcadia Missa, London; Château Shatto, Los Angeles; W139, Amsterdam; Performance Space, New York in 2019 and Centre d'art contemporain Geneva (2018). Readings and performance have taken place at the Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva; the New Museum, Interstate Projects and Cage, New York; the Whitechapel Gallery, the Showroom, and Café Oto, London.