Black Radical Imagination
Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to partner with Our Image Film and Arts Organization to present Black Radical Imagination, a one night event featuring a short film series curated by Chicago-based artist and curator Amir George and LA artist Erin Christovale, which explores contemporary perspectives and ideas on the black experience.
The showcase features a selection of video art, experimental film, and narrative shorts by seven international emerging black artists; Adebukola Bodunrin, Ezra Clayton Daniels, Cauleen Smith, Anansi Knowbody, Cristina De Middel, Akosua Adoma Owusu and Jacolby Satterwhite, who are all members of the Black Radical Imagination Collective and whose work re-claims, re-processes and re-identifies unique stories of Black Imagination.
The screening begins at 7 PM on Friday, August 9 in the Art League Houston Main Gallery followed by a Q&A session with Amir George, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Adebukola Bodunrin, Cauleen Smith, Erin Christovale and Anansi Knowbody.
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
The notion of the Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of discussions around the boundaries and limitations that are historically given to people of color. Specifically, in the film industry these restrictions are often digested and kept to propel a vicious cycle of negative identification. Each artist in this series contributes their own vision of a free changing world in a post-modern society through focused observations that explore the state of black culture. The screening will conclude with a roundabout dialogue with audience members and featured filmmakers to further ponder and process the stories that are being presented. Furthermore, these conversations are set in place in order to shift the way in which black identity is defined on screen and how these stories affect the ever-changing global culture.