KADIST PRESENTS: A FILM SERIES CURATED BY HANK WILLIS THOMAS
First show: February 26
In connection to his exhibition, Evidence of Things Not Seen at KADIST, photo-conceptual artist, Hank Willis Thomas selected these films as a homage to innovative and influential creators in the medium of film whose work supports social justice as well as explores contemporary notions of identity, race, history and a national legacy of resistance.
Through his installations, photography, videos, and media works, Hank Willis Thomas uses images and themes from advertising and pop-culture to expose their reinforcement of generalizations surrounding economics, gender, race, and ethnicity. Including recent installations that incorporate the echo of pioneers of racial equality—like Baldwin and Nelson Mandela—the artworks comprising the “evidence” in the exhibition foreground the complexities of how visibility and invisibility are inexorably attached to identity.
Kadist Art Foundation is a non-profit arts organization that believes the arts make a fundamental contribution to a progressive society. Its programs actively encourage the engagement of artists, often represented in its collection, with the important issues of today to promote their role as cultural agents. Kadist’s collections and productions reflect the global scope of contemporary art, and its programs develop collaborations with artists, curators and many art organizations around the world. Local programs in Kadist’s hubs of Paris and San Francisco, including exhibitions, public events, residencies and educational initiatives, aim at creating vibrant conversations about contemporary art and ideas.
For the schedule of films screening at Kadist, please visit here.
Friday, February 26, 7pm.
An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty
A discussion with filmmaker Terence Nance and Hank Willis Thomas (in person) will follow the screening.
With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, Terence Nance’s explosively creative debut feature, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY, documents the relationship between Terence and a lovely young woman (Namik Minter) as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. Utilizing a tapestry of live action and various styles of animation, Terence explores the fantasies, emotions, and memories that race through his mind during a singular moment in time.
Directed by Terence Nance. 84 min. USA. 2013. DCP.
Saturday, February 27, 7pm @Little Roxie
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
A discussion with Professor Sarita Cannon and Hank Willis Thomas will follow the screening.
James Baldwin was at once a major twentieth century American author, a Civil Rights activist and, for two crucial decades, a prophetic voice calling Americans, Black and white, to confront their shared racial tragedy. JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET captures on film the passionate intellect and courageous writing of a man who was born black, impoverished, gay and gifted. Towards the end of his life, as America turned its back on the challenge of racial justice, Baldwin became frustrated but rarely bitter. He kept writing and reaching in the strengthened belief that : “All men are brothers. That’s the bottom line.”
Directed by Karen Thorsen. 86 min. USA. 1990. HD Digital.
FREE ADMISSION. Please RSVP here.
Sunday, February 28, 5pm @Little Roxie
Black Is.. Black Ain’t
African-American documentary filmmaker Marlon Riggs was working on this final film as he died from AIDS-related complications in 1994; he addresses the camera from his hospital bed in several scenes. The film directly addresses sexism and homophobia within the black community, with snippets of misogynistic and anti-gay slurs from popular hip-hop songs juxtaposed with interviews with African-American intellectuals and political theorists, including Cornel West, bell hooks and Angela Davis.
Directed by Marlon Riggs. 88 min. USA. 1994. HD Digital.
FREE ADMISSION. Please RSVP here.
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