Black Radical Imagination Film Screening Event At Art Basel, Friday, June 14
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Black Radical Imagination Film Screening Event At Art Basel, Friday, June 14

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Anyone who is deadly serious about modern art (and has the money to spend for it) knows

that Art Basel is the premiere

international art show for modern and contemporary works, which brings in hundreds

of leading galleries from all over the world for major collectors and connoisseurs.

The event is held twice a year in Basel Switzerland in mid-June, and in Miami Beach in early December.

This week, at the Basel

Switzerland art show, which runs from June

13-16, as part of Better Days (a

special art exhibition, curated by Brooklyn-based modern artist Mickalene Thomas), there will be screenings of films made by members of the black filmmaker collective, Black Radical Imagination, this Friday

June 14th.

Programmed by Chicago based filmmaker Amir George and L.A. based curator Erin Christovale, the goal of Black Radical imagination, according to both George and

Christovale, is “to invoke a futurist aesthetic of the black image on screen. The visual

pieces delve into the worlds of video art, film animation, narrative

storytelling, and new media. Each artist contributes their own vision of a free

changing world in a postmodern society.

The films that will be screened this Friday include:

MAE’S

JOURNAL by Amir George

Mae’s Journal is a chronicle of the historic space

mission of Mae Jemison in 1992. Through 6 fictional journal entries Mae’s

journey is recreated through live action reenactments and actual footage of the

STS-47 voyage.

SPLIT

ENDS, I FEEL WONDERFUL by Akosua Adoma Owusu (Pictured above)

A woman attaches hair piece, black women in hair salons

get their hair plaited; and a woman models on a yellow turban. Eccentric

hairstyles reveal the roots of Afro hair in which activist, Angela Davis

becomes involved. Manipulating and re-positioning found footage as subject

matter, “Split Ends, I feel wonderful” observes the latest fad in hairstyles of

the 1970s among African Americans in NYC. The film takes us to a time when

Black is beautiful and a symbol of African pride., Poland. She lives and works

in Chicago.

REIFYING

DESIRE 3 by Jacolby Satterwhite

The latest installment in a six-part series, Reifying

Desire 3 is a surrealist creation myth that stems from his ongoing

collaboration with his mother. Satterwhite writes: “ʻReifying Desire 1–6ʼ will

use 230 3-D modeled versions of my motherʼs drawings, my body, and animated

figures. The intersection of the disparate disciplines including dance

performance, drawing, and digital media acts as an exquisite corpse strategy for

guiding the storyline.

GOLDEN

CHAIN by Adebukola Bodunrin & Ezra Clayton Daniels

The African Woman: mother of civilization, historically

overlooked member of contemporary global society. She finds herself now in a

distant, not-impossible future. A Nigerian space station in a remote nook of

the solar system orbits a pinpoint of matter so dense it cannot exist on Earth.

It is a recreation of the birth of the universe itself, contained for the

purpose of study, and overseen by Yetunde, chief science engineer on the space

station Eko. This animation is the story of an archetype come full circle.

Blending afro-futurist motifs with hard science fiction, we create a world at

once fantastical, yet entirely plausible, in order to ask the question: “Where

will we go, given where we came from?”

THE

CHANGING SAME by Cauleen Smith

An Alien is sent to earth to investigate the

“incubators.” She discovers that she is replacing a rogue agent and starts to

questions her mission as relationships become intimate.

AFRONAUTS

by Cristina De Middel

In 1964, still living the dream of their recently gained

independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first African

on the moon catching up the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race. Only a

few optimists supported the project by Edward Makuka, the school teacher in

charge of presenting the ambitious program and getting its necessary funding.

But the financial aid never came, as the United Nations declined their support,

and one of the astronauts, a 16 year old girl, got pregnant and had to quit.

QUIESCENCE

INTERRUPTED…ADUMBRATE by Anansi Knowbody

The piece is an introduction… part of a work in progress.

The staring character, Buddah is a regular guy with very irregular dreams or

some might perceive as nightmares… The intent is to play on the ideas of

distraction, disruption, fear, and premonition. The relativity of dream. The

hope is to generate interest through technique and mystery.

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