IF supported visual artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph presents his two-channel video broadcast BLK NWS that blurs the lines between art, journalism, entrepreneurship, and cultural critique. BKLNWS is a critical analysis of how race and storytelling collide within information systems.
Exploring film as a powerful collective experience that can be manipulated through its essential visual and audio components, BLKNWS utilizes samples of popular culture, archival material, and filmed news desk segments to expose the glaring under-development of the news media format. Through this conceptual approach to contemporary journalism and entrepreneurship, Joseph envisions BLKNWS as an artwork, a think-tank, a global network, a broadcast platform, and an ongoing archive: "the SportsCenter for black culture."
Sharon Lockhart’s Summer Residency in Gotland is organized by the Baltic Art Center (BAC). The residency furthers Lockhart’s long-term collaboration with the young women from the Youth Sociotherapy Center in Poland. This project relates to the Polish Pavilion at last year’s Venice Biennale, which Lockhart represented. The residency will take the form of a collective household that seeks to provide participants with educational tools to navigate adult life–skills, pertinent to this group of girls who have recently aged out of the institutional sector. Ideas around collective living, the nature of the home, and how one can live creatively will focus the group’s activities, generate discussion, and create context for a new collaborative work of art.
IF is developing the first documentary film with LA artist Andrea Bowers. As a feminist and social activist, Bowers centers her work on the convergence of art and activism. Her art takes on a variety of mediums including drawing, installation video, and now film. The topics she has addressed in her practice range from workers’ rights and the Occupy Movement to sexuality and gender discrimination. Throughout the last decade, Bowers has followed a relatively clear path from observer and commenter to committed activist. Some of Bowers' most fascinating works are those that attempt to erode the traditional barrier between the art world and the larger society in which it exists. The documentary is focused on trans- feminist activists and the complexities of the discourse of trans-feminism.
IF supports the forthcoming feature film with British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien entitled the Seven Faces of Lena Bo Bardi. Arguably one of the most important personalities of the 20th century Latin American Modernist architecture movement, The Brazilian architect was born in Rome in 1914 and left an extraordinary legacy as an architect, set designer, editor, illustrator, furniture designer and curator. A visionary architect, her work was singularly influenced by Brazilian culture, where she made her home. Julien has conducted artist, architects, scholars, and personal acquaintances of Lina’s such as Gilberto Gil, Dicinho, Jose Celso, Marcelo Resende, Ayrson Heraclito, Andrea Vainer, Giancarlo Latorraca, Marina Grinover, Giacomo PIrazzoli and has been inspired by both official and unofficial stories he has gathered. Departing from the genre of documentary or biopic, Julien’s proposed film will serve as a poetic meditation on her life and work. It will include the enactments and the reinvention of scenes that have shaped both historical and fictitious imagery around Lina Bo Bardi.