From October 6, 2017-January 7, 2018, British artist and filmmaker, John Akomfrah will debut Purple, an immersive, six-channel video installation for the Curve: Barbican in London. Purple charts the incremental shifts in climate change across the planet and its effects on human communities, biodiversity, and the wilderness. As the follow up to Vertigo Sea (2015), Akomfrah’s standout work at the 56th Venice Biennale, Purple forms the second chapter in a planned quartet of films addressing the aesthetics and politics of matter.
Bradford Young’s directorial debut, Black America Again was awarded at the Los Angeles Film Festival as best short documentary. The short film was produced by Ava DuVernay, who Young previously worked with as cinematographer for Selma. The film stars Common who also provided the music for the film. Described as “a visual celebration of the beauty, strength, perseverance and spirit of the black community in these troubling times,” watch Black America Again below.
In a recent post for the Indiana University Press blog, frequent liquid blackness contributor, Charles Linscott discusses further the claims of his article “#BlackLivesMatter and the Mediatic Lives of a Movement” as recently published in Black Camera. In the most recent issue of Black Camera, Linscott along with Michele Prettyman Beverly and liquid blackness‘ founder Alessandra Raengo explore some of the essential questions regarding how #BLM inhabits rich mediatic lives. Read the blog post in full here.
Arthur Jafa’s A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions is currently on exhibition at London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery. A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions is rendered as a site-specific installation featuring a series of new assemblages that encompass film, photography and found footage. In addition to his exhibition at the Sackler Gallery, Jafa will also devise a new, site-specific event as part of the 2017 Park Nights series, which takes place in the Serpentine Pavilion. The exhibition is currently on view through September 10th. Read more here.
In light of his upcoming exhibition at the Venice Biennale, artist, Mark Bradford is interviewed and profiled in The New York Times on what it means today to be considered an American artist. Bradford is perhaps most famous for his work in mixed-media collages such as “The Scorched Earth” exhibition at the Hammer Museum in 2015; the concept of liquid blackness was described for the first time in the catalog accompanying the exhibition.
Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, The Message is Death, a short single-channel video piece, opened over the weekend at MOCA L.A., marking the video’s debut on the west coast. The video, which Jafa previewed last spring at the liquid blackness event “Can Blackness Be Loved” hosted at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, will run at MOCA through June 12th. Read more including an interview with Jafa here.
*Please note the time and date of the conversation with Julie Dash has been changed to 5 pm, Saturday April 8th after the screening of Daughters of the Dust.
The nonprofit, Artadia awarded L.A. based artists, Kahlil Joseph and Gala Porras-Kim their Los Angeles Award granting each $10,000 for future work. Bennett Simpson, senior curator of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’s and Anuradha Vikram, artistic director of 18th Street Arts Center, worked with Artadia to choose the winners. Read more at artnews.
liquid blackness joins in celebrating John Akomfrah’s winning of the 7th edition of the Artes Mundi Prize, the largest arts prize in the UK. The Artes Mundi prize is awarded to a single artist who is judged to have consistently made thought provoking work of exceptional quality that fits within the criteria of the prize.
The prize of £40,000 is designed to allow the winner to develop substantial new work or the time to reflect on their practice and move it forward. Founded in 2002 by Welsh artist William Wilkins, the Artes Mundi Exhibition and Prize is Wales’ biggest and most exciting contemporary visual art show, the largest art prize in the UK and one of the most significant in the world. According to ArtNet News, the Artes Mundi 7 Prize was awarded for Akomfrah’s presentation of Auto Da Fé and for a substantial body of outstanding work dealing with issues of migration, racism, and religious persecution.
Faculty coordinator of liquid blackness, Alessandra Raengo will participate in The Futures of Afrofuturism: A Symposium at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Futures will present new perspectives on Afrofuturism, a contemporary arts movement connecting the musical, literary, and visual arts and combining elements of science fiction and speculative futurism, history, and fantasy with African and African diasporic cultures and political standpoints. The symposium will be held March 30-31, 2017 in the Haslam Business Building, West Wing, Rm. 440. For a full schedule and list of participants click here.