Rena Effendi - Between Here and Paradise; Havana Cuba
Rena Effendi, documented many of the neighbourhoods and enclaves that appear in the work of Padura and other Cuban artists. In her photos of Havana, we see a city almost frozen in time. Relics of another era dot the streets, like props from a period film. Effendi also depicts the city’s lively street life, photographing people in motion against a backdrop of vivid murals and Havana’s signature pastel colors. Cuba is neither a paradise nor a hell but, rather more of a purgatory, where some of us have the possibility of salvation.
*the woman with the white fan is so boss; I love her.
By Deborah Frempong
In a world that places centrality on the male figure, Afrofuturist movements have been dramatically promoted by women in many forms of media, with perhaps the most popular icon today being Janelle Monae, lighting up our screens with her futuristic themes that are largely focused on androids and quite recently, ‘electric ladies’. The expression of mainstream artists within this fantastical realm, however, is not completely new. Older artists such as Grace Jones, Erykah Badoe, Labelle have over the years created personas that have escaped the trappings of popularized constructions of black identity, be it through their androgynous looks or mystic creations.
This November, the Future Weird returns loaded with the retro tropes of science fiction to pay tribute to space-age prophets, musicians and messiahs.
We start with John Akomfrah’s THE LAST ANGEL OF HISTORY, in which Black sci-fi becomes a futuristic Pan-African venture. In Akomfrah’s telling, early techno-centric experiments give way to messianic characters who swap dominating narratives of science and progress for cosmic philosophies.
This month we bring together interviews and testimonies of magnetic creative leaders who promise transcendence for their followers, and achieve intergalactic travel through prayer as well as funk. Photos, tape-recorded testimonies, and home videos from South African church services mix with Akomfrah’s all-star cast of American musicians, charismatic space captains and Star Trek heroines to consider belief, art, truth telling, and forms of authority.
When: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14th @ 8PM & TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26th @ 8PM
Where: Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11211
The Future Weird is a screening series exploring contemporary film from the global south – with an African bias. Our title, “the future weird”, is inspired by The State’s ongoing documentation of non-western futurisms: thestate.ae/
Imani by Caroline Kamya tells the story of three people; a child soldier returning to the parents who could not protect him, a woman fighting to get her wrongly accused sister out of jail, and a youth dance troop leader struggling to simply get through a hometown performance. In it’s beautiful Ugandan setting with a rich soundtrack, we are given an intimate viewing session into the lives of the characters.
“The inspiration for the film was for me to show multiple worlds in the same space and I wanted to make a film that ordinary Africans can connect with on a day to day level”
Watch the trailer HERE
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By Deborah Frempong
Robin Rhode is a South African artist based in Berlin whose art embraces a wide variety of media, usually in the form of photography, animation, drawing and performance. Rhode’s work has strong allusions to hip-hop and the work of a graffiti artist. Despite the seemingly transient nature of his art, there is still effective commentary made on urban youth culture, colonialism and socio-economic issues.