In coordination with the exhibition "Kahlil Robert Irving: Archaeology of the Present," the artist Kahlil Robert Irving selected a series of contemporary video works to screen concurrently in the Kemper Art Museum’s Video Gallery. This is the second time the artist has curated a video series alongside a presentation of his own artworks. The seven videos he selected highlight intimate moments in time and space when Black people are present, emphasizing the fact that no matter the setting, “We are still here.” Locations range from a person's home, to family gatherings, to horseback riding in Oakland, California. These works are meant to remind some people that it is okay to be ourselves and to let others know that it is normal to see Black people participating in different acts or as a part of different metaphors. In today’s world, living is defined by adversity, resistance, and survival, all of which are inextricably linked to digital media. Digital media is variously used as a tool for protest, remembering passing moments , entertainment, and deception. The selected videos celebrate and acknowledge artistic practices that deploy a myriad of tools, technologies, and metaphors.
The participating artists are Lyndon Barrois Jr., Tony Cokes, Cameron Downey, Addoley Dzegede, Charles H. Lee, William M. Morris, Jefferson Pinder, and Tiffany J. Sutton.
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