BCH's monthly film series resumes in April with featured artist Ulysses Jenkins. His films are presented every Thursday evening and will culminate with an appearance by Jenkins himself on the final Thursday of the month to discuss his work. Each Thursday will feature a different array of short films playing on a loop. If you arrive in the middle, it won't be long before they restart.
Ulysses Jenkins is a widely recognized video/performance artist whose work spans the last three decades. From his early verite work with the Video Venice Collective in the 1970s, through his current investigation of the media's portrayal of African American men, Jenkins has consistently interrogated questions of race, history and the power of the state. In works that explore issues such as the African diaspora and racism in the media, Jenkins provides important insights into the political and cultural realities of African American communities in the United States.
This week's films:
Bequest (2002, 9:48)
“This composition is a reaction to the treatment of the women of Afghanistan and Pakistan by the Taliban. 'Bequest' acts as a ritual pertaining to the washing out of negative images which have become prevalent in the United States and the global community towards the Arab Diaspora.” Featuring text from Sufi poet Jalaloddin Rumi’s book "Fountain of Fire," and soundtrack by The Othervisions Project with Jenkins on vocals.
Peace and Anwar Sadat (1985, 21:34)
“This composition provides a tribute to the world's most formidable peace activist, Anwar Sadat. The video paints visions of issues concerning Earth's flirtation with the apocalypse. Composed in four movements, featuring images and text interwoven with contemplations for inner and world peace.”