AWL_036 BLACK MOTHER + Solange
Black Mother by Khalik Allah
2018, USA, 77”, English
Part film, part baptism, in BLACK MOTHER director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies create a polyphonic symphony, set against a visual prayer of indelible portraiture. Thoroughly immersed between the sacred and profane, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.
WHEN I GET HOME by Solange
2019, USA, 33”, English
Black molasses, blackberry the masses. Director Solange Knowles weaves, choreographs, and sculpts visually through Texas and Houston where she rooted as a youngster. Black skin, black braids, black waves, black baes, black things. Black faith that can’t be washed away. Or as Solange put it conversation with The Guardian, “It’s one thing to think with your spirit, it’s another to actually live it through your body. Blackness will never go away. It’s who I am. It’s what I know. I’ll always be a black woman, and I’ll always create work from this black woman’s body.”
*Author Zadie Smith will contribute with an essay and a special video recording from NY.
The program is curated by Furtado Melville, art director, photographer, programmer, and writer based in The Netherlands.