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Black Spatial Elegance: Sight and Sound

July 1, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Free
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Thursday, July 1, 7PM PT
Black Spatial Elegance: Sight and Sound
Guest artist Rell Be Free in conversation Berette S Macaulay, Jazmyn Scott, and Inye Wokoma
Hosted by Black Cinema Collective & Partners
Event Link: https://fb.me/e/5wzTlmbkd

RELL BE FREE is a multifaceted creative, Underground Educator, and active community organizer from the South End of Seattle. Rell has contributed energy towards collectives that lift up young folx, the arts & Black culture, as well as Abolition, community defense and much more. As a musician Rell currently has 7 projects available on streaming platforms, the most recent being “SOLEDAD.”
http://www.rellbefree.art
IG + Twitter @rellbefree

BERETTE S MACAULAY, MA is a Washington-based interdisciplinary photo-based artist, independent curator, and writer born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and raised in Jamaica and the UK. She is a transcultural roving spirit deeply drawn to migration + displacement histories of colonial peoples. She is the founder and lead organizer of Black Cinema Collective, serves as the Art Liaison Program Manager at Henry Art Gallery, and was recently named the inaugural Curatorial Fellow at On the Boards.
http://www.berettemacaulay.com
@berettemacaulay

JAZMYN SCOTT is the Program Manager of LANGSTON; Seattle’s hub for Black arts and culture, co-founder of 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide, a digital “time capsule” highlighting Seattle and Northwest Hip-Hop, and co-curator of The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit at the Museum of History & Industry; which won the 2016 American Association for State & Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History award.
http://www.langstonseattle.org
FB + Twitter @LangstonSeattle
IG @206Langston

INYE WOKOMA is a journalist, filmmaker and visual artist who explores the intersections of our political economies and shared histories through the lens of personal narratives rooted in the neighborhood he grew up in, the Central District. He is the co-founder of Wa Na Wari, the center for Black art located in one of his family’s Central District homes. Inye’s creative work as an artist and filmmaker interrogates the meaning of land, identity, politics, and justice as a way of better understanding the past in order to shape transformative possibilities for the future.

ABOUT BLACK CINEMA COLLECTIVE:
Black Cinema Collective (f. 2019) is a Washington-based group of artists and cultural practitioners who examine and celebrate Black films through programmed screenings, watch parties, and community discussions focusing local and global filmmakers from African and Afro-Diasporic communities. We hold space for the complex existence and storytelling inventions of Black folx, also curating intersectional histories and topical stories seen in multidisciplinary forms of filmmaking from artists, activists, documentarians, and organizers. Through our work we explore the broad multiplicity of Afro-Diasporic cultures.
Website: blackcinemacollective.org
IG @blackcinemacollective
Twitter: @blackcinemacltv

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
ABOUT WA NA WARI:
Sited in a fifth-generation, Black-owned home, Wa Na Wari is an immersive community art project that reclaims Black cultural space and makes a statement about the importance of Black land ownership in gentrified communities. Our mission is to create space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection. Referred to as a “container for Black joy,” Wa Na Wari incubates and amplifies Black art and belonging while providing a safe space for organizing and movement building. By renting a house from a vulnerable Black homeowner, and giving that space back to the Black community, Wa Na Wari is an active model for how Black art and culture can combat gentrification and displacement. Wanawari.org

ABOUT SIFF:
SIFF believes in film’s unique power to share original stories, diverse perspectives, and rich emotional journeys. Beginning in 1976 with the annual Seattle International Film Festival, then expanding into year-round programming, and our five-screen SIFF Cinema, we have offered experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world for nearly five decades. Our audiences allow us to take risks, host complex conversations, and truly appreciate film. Our programs include SIFF Cinema, Seattle International Film Festival, and SIFF Education. siff.net

ABOUT LANGSTON SEATTLE:
LANGSTON is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, established in 2016 to lead programming within the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. LANGSTON guides generative programs and community partnerships that center Black art, artists and audiences and honor the ongoing legacy of Seattle’s Black Central Area. We support a variety of enriching programs, across multiple disciplines, rooted in our mission and values. langstonseattle.org

ABOUT HENRY ART GALLERY:
The Henry is internationally recognized for bold and challenging exhibitions, for pushing the boundaries of contemporary art and culture, and for being the first to premiere new works by established and emerging artists. Through individual experiences with art, we inspire visitors to upend their expectations and discover surprising connections henryart.org

Venue

Wa Na Wari
911 24th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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