Founded by curator Erin Christovale and filmmaker Amir George, Black Radical Imagination is a touring program of short experimental films, video art, and new media that aims to expand the boundaries that have historically limited people of color in cinema. Begun in 2013, the annual film program is rooted in “the aesthetics of Afro-futurism, Afro-surrealism, and the magnificent,” presenting the work of artists throughout the African Diaspora.
This year’s program, titled Fugitive Trajectories and curated by Jheanelle Brown and Darol Olu Kae, looks at ways in which black people cope with and overcome historical and contemporary traumas. Selected highlights include Ephraim Asili’s “Fluid Frontiers” (2017), a meditation on “resistance and liberation” that features readings of poems from Detroit’s Broadside Press against the backdrop of artworks by local Detroit artists. There will also be Dana Washington’s “Under Bone” (2017), an experimental narrative exploring grief and familial reverence, alongside films by Nuotama Frances Bodomo, Alima Lee, Jenn Nkiru, Amelia Umuhire, and others.
When: Thursday, March 1, 7pm (Free)
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand (250 S. Grand Ave, Downtown, Los Angeles)
More info at MOCA.