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Still from Ja’Tovia Gary, An Ecstatic Experience (courtesy the artist)

Sondra Perry’s video works inhabit an uncanny valley where web visuals, found images, and her often digitally modified face serve as some of the raw material for interrogating police brutality, investigating different facets of feminism, and dissecting oppressive power. Her work feels especially timely at a moment when race relations in the US are reaching an all-time low even as the discourse around them — fanned by the souped-up circulation of images, false stories, and inflammatory language on social media — soars to an ever-more-fevered pitch.

On Friday and Saturday, the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics presents Hypervisibilities, a two-day event organized in collaboration Perry that will include film screenings and panel discussions dedicated to exploring multiple ideas and lived experiences of blackness and activism through the lens of visual culture. On Friday Union Docs will screen  Ja’Tovia Gary’s An Ecstatic Experience, Tony Ramos’s About Media, and Perry’s Resident Evil. Saturday will see two conversations hosted at the New School: “The Contemporary Professionalization of Activism,” with American Artist, Alexandra Bell, Kwame Rose, and Dread Scott; and “Interacting Artist and Activist Communities” with Gregg Bordowitz, Mendi and Keith Obadike, and Greg Tate.

When: Friday, October 6, 7:30 pm; Saturday, October 7, 12pm–4:30pm
Where: Union Docs ( 322 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) and the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

More info here.

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