James Baldwin: From Another Place
Wed 4 Sep 2019 / 7pm
To accompany our current BL CK B X exhibition where did we land, LUX and Lynnée Denise are delighted to screen James Bladwin from Another Place. The film will screen for only the second time in London followed by a discussion between BL CK B X artist Rabz Lansiquot and DJ Scholar Lynnée Denise.
James Baldwin: From Another Place
d.Sedat Pakay, 1970, 12mins.
Shot in Istanbul, Turkey, where Baldwin was living and writing, the film details the author talking about living abroad, the black experience in America, and his controversial private life.
where did we land: Rabz Lansiquot
where did we land is an ongoing experiment interrogating the effect of images of anti-black violence produced and reproduced in film and media. The first iteration, an installation of still and distorted archival images on acetate hung from the ceiling, was presented in sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective’s exhibition (BUT) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY? at The Gallow Gate as part of Glasgow International Festival 2018. This iteration takes the form of a moving image essay, presenting original images and texts that speak to the problems of the spectacular for Black subjects onscreen. The accompanying exhibition programme will include screenings, talks and a study day that will make public the research Rabz Lansiquot has been undertaking during her curatorial residency at LUX. The research attempts to approach Black film from a position of liberation as opposed to representation. It will act as both a trial and a taster of an upcoming Black Film Anti-School format.
The screening has been Co-Curated by Lynnée Denise.
About the Artist
Rabz Lansiquot is a filmmaker, curator, and DJ. She was a leading member of sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (SYFU), a London-based collective that created intentional spaces for deep study, conversation and multi-disciplinary art-making that relates to race and liberatory politics. With SYFU she has produced public programming in a number of institutional and independent contexts in the UK and Europe including curated screenings, collective readings, performances, workshops and discussions, and co-curated exhibitions. Her audio-visual work and film theory writing is informed by Black liberatory thought, Black queer studies, and lived experience, seeking to move beyond representation, to liberation in the realm of the moving image. Rabz also works collaboratively alongside Imani Robinson under the name Languid Hands producing artworks and curatorial projects.
DJ Lynnée Denise is an artist, scholar and writer whose work reflects on underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape and electronic music of the African Diaspora. Through interactive workshops, lectures and presentations, Lynnée Denise harnesses music as a medium for vital public dialogue on how to transform the way that music of the Black Atlantic is understood in its social context and beyond entertainment. Lynnée Denise’s DJ Scholarship has been featured at institutions such as the Broad Museum, the Tate Modern, Savvy Contemporary Gallery Berlin, Goldsmiths University of London, Iziko South African Museum, Stanford, Yale, NYU and Princeton University. Her writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Black Scholar Journal, The Journal of Popular Music Studies and as part of anthologies including Women Who Rock and Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity. Lynnée Denise has a BA from historically Black Fisk University, an MA in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from the University of California Riverside. Lynnée Denise is a 2020 Visiting Artist at Stanford University’s Institute of Diversity in the Arts.