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Joining a new wave of thoughtful films about gentrification is Residue, the feature debut from director Merawi Gerima (son of legendary LA Rebellion auteur Haile Gerima). Highly autobiographical, it follows young filmmaker Jay (Obinna Nwachukwu) as he returns to the Washington, DC neighborhood where he grew up to write a screenplay. He finds that his parents are among the few Black residents not to be forced out by gentrification, and struggles to reconcile his memories of the place with its current reality.
In Gerima’s lens, the alienation of gentrification is rendered in almost impressionistic ways. When white people appear, they do so obliquely, their faces never shown clearly. They are a foreign presence whose intrusions are always tinged with a menace that persists after they leave (the source of the film’s title). Yet the movie also packs in some truly wistful beauty, from its autumnal hues to moments like Jay’s parents viewing slides projected over family pictures on a wall. It’s highly accomplished, and not just for a first film.
Residue is now available to stream on Netflix.
Every utopia is a social experiment, the artist suggests in this commission for the Performa performance art biennial, and we’re ultimately the guinea pigs.
“You can’t live in a house that’s built upon your back.” This is one of the more memorable phrases spoken by the scripted lovers of Tschabalala Self’s Sounding Board, what Performa describes in its promotional materials as an “experimental play.” That phrase, uttered by one romantic partner to the other, operates as guidance, warning, dictate,…
Two K-12 art teachers will each receive a $1,000 cash gift and an additional $500 to put toward classroom art supplies. Nominations are due October 31.
A commitment to trans subjects, and their queer communities, is manifested as a holding environment made approachable by our concern, grounded in intimacy and legacy, enfolding any viewer who will stop, listen, and receive love.
Todd Chandler’s documentary Bulletproof looks at the many people monetizing the societal rot of school shootings.
In Philadelphia, a series of solo shows delves into the interdisciplinary practices of graduates whose work explores identity, familial bonds, political constructs, and nature’s fragility.
On November 14, join Columbia University School of the Arts for virtual information sessions with the program chair, faculty, and staff.
The artists released the risograph-printed booklet series Organizing Power to assist in the arduous process of assembling a bargaining unit and negotiating.
From 1963 through 1968, Warhol produced nearly 650 films, including hundreds of Screen Tests and dozens of full-length movies.
Melvin Edwards, Maren Hassinger, and Alison Saar are among the artists kicking off the Destination Crenshaw initiative.