Question Bridge: Black Males
Presented in the Catharine Clark Media Room is the single-channel video Question Bridge: Black Males, part of an ongoing, transmedia project to “represent and redefine Black male identity in America.” Consisting of over 1,500 interviews and exchanges by Black men of different demographics, ages, and political sectors, Question Bridge hopes to “overcome exclusion and estrangement” in the Black community. Responding to candid questions such as “What do you do to keep the faith?” and “Do you really feel free?,” the piece creates a “group generated identity map.” The Question Bridge project has many other components, including community engagement events, educational initiatives, and an interactive, user-generative website. Question Bridge is a collaborative team created by Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The executive producers of the project are Delroy Lindo, Deborah Willis, and Jesse Williams. The video was edited and assembled by Will Sylvester and Rosa White. Question Bridge: Black Males has screened extensively in 2012, at venues including the Sundance Film Festival New Frontiers, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Oakland Museum, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2013, it will exhibit at the San Francisco Exploratorium, the Zora Neal Hurston Museum, and the Missouri History Museum, among others. The piece has been critically reviewed by the Huffington Post, NY Daily News, the Oakland Tribune, CNN, and LA 411, among others. This is Question Bridge’s first screening at Catharine Clark Gallery.