This programme of films has been curated by Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, for Black Cinema House. Black Cinema House is an organisation that hosts screenings and discussions of films by and about the people of the African diaspora. Located in Chicago, it is a flagship programme of Rebuild Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to rebuild the cultural foundations of underinvested neighbourhoods and to revitalize communities through culture based, artist led and neighbourhood driven activities.
For more information please see the Black Cinema House website.
Shopping Bag Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections on Ritual Space
Directed by Barbara McCullough
Running time: 60 minutes
In this film by Barbara McCullough, the American film-and-video maker, converses with LA based Black artists about the role of ritual in Black life and creative practice. The film includes an appearance by David Hammons, who likens his activities to a vanguard musician as he improvises an outdoor composition of found objects, the poets Raspoeter Ojenke, Kenneth Severin, K. Curtis Lyle and Kamau Daa'ood and the improvisational musicians 'Freedom in Expression'. Senga Nengudi describes how she feels possessed while dancing in costume and an intimate conversation with Betye Saar offers an inspiring definition of ritual. Combining video footage, still photographs, interview audio and musical excerpts by Don Cherry, McCullough explores how her own film and video practice fits into Black traditions of performance and visual arts.
Film provided by Barbara McCullough.
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.