Study Day: Towards a Liberatory Black Film Aesthetic

14 September, 2019
– 14 September, 2019
12am – 5pm
Waterlow Park Centre
Image courtesy of Rabz Lansiquot

To accompany our current BL CK B X exhibition where did we land, LUX is delighted to host a study day lead by BL CK B X artist Rabz Lansiquot.

Join us at LUX for a day of collective learning including screenings, readings and discussion exploring Black Film and creative practice from the position of liberation. What could Black Film be if the intention is to be liberated from the political and ontological bind of anti-blackness, as opposed to represented within a system that supports it? This special study day 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 workshop syllabus has been devised in collaboration with Taylor Le Melle and Tendai Mutambu.
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.

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.


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