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Holding place, Taking Flight: Childish Gambino, Bradford Young, Terence Nance, and Grace Jones
A Screening and Roundtable Discussion
Free and Open to the Public

Sunday October 7, 3:00 p.m., Kopleff Recital Hall
15 Gilmer St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

liquid blackness, a research project on blackness and aesthetics, in collaboration with ATLARGE Music Film Festival, the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII), the School of Film, Media and Theatre, the School of Music, and the College of the Arts at Georgia State University, present a public screening and roundtable discussion dedicated to some of the most thought-provoking visual and sonic artists working today: This is America (Childish Gambino, dir. Hiro Murai, 2018), Black America Again (Common, dir. Bradford Young, 2016), Jimi Could’ve Fallen From the Sky  (dir. Terence Nance, 2017) and Bloodlight and Bami (Grace Jones, dir. Sophie Fiennes, 2018).

Holding Place. Taking Flight: Childish Gambino, Bradford Young, Terence Nance, and Grace Jones brings together signature works by, or about, some of the most thought-provoking visual and sonic artists working today: the award-winning musician, writer and actor Donald Glover/Childish Gambino, the creator of the FX series Atlanta; Oscar-nominated cinematographer, director and installation artist Bradford Young; experimental filmmaker Terence Nance, the creator of HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness; and the intramontabile legend, Grace Jones. The event seeks to develop a conversation about the work of artists who engage with the fact of racial violence in America, including its viral visibility, while developing artistic forms that refuse to be restrained. By pointing simultaneously to ground and groundlessness, mourning and celebration, the weight of what is and the power of what could be, this event strives to provide a space for a conversation about the world-making powers of black art.

A screening of:

This is America (Childish Gambino, dir. Hiro Murai, 2018)

Black America Again (Common, dir. Bradford Young, 2016)

Jimi Could’ve Fallen From the Sky  (dir. Terence Nance, 2017)

Bloodlight and Bami (Grace Jones, dir. Sophie Fiennes, 2018)

 

and roundtable discussion with:

Keith Harris, University of California, Riverside

Michele Prettyman Beverly, Mercer University

Alessandra Raengo, coordinator of liquid blackness, Georgia State University

 

Please look to the liquid blackness research page about this event to learn more information about the creators and concepts involved with the work being shown at this event.