Black Lives on Screen: Dreams Under Confinement: Uncharted Cartographies and Unsettled Temporalities of Black Experimental Film

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
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Showcasing the work of a diverse range of acclaimed African American and Black filmmakers, artists, and scholars, the Black Lives on Screen online screening series and discussions will promote and celebrate the rich history, present, and future of Black cinematic expression in the context of an inclusive, educational, and inspiring experience for the entire UI community.


Event Information:
Dreams Under Confinement: Uncharted Cartographies and Unsettled Temporalities of Black Experimental Film 
Program of short experimental films by UI Associate Professor Christopher Harris in dialogue with films curated by Yasmina Price.
with guest filmmaker, Associate Professor Christopher Harris (UI-Cinematic Arts), in conversation with Yasmina Price (Graduate Student, Yale)
Host: Visiting Assistant Professor Joel Wanek (UI-Cinematic Arts)

stills from Dreams Under Confinement (L) and Distant Shores (R)

Screening Program:

  • Dreams Under Confinement (Christopher Harris, 2020; 2 min) + Landmark (Sahal Hassan, 2018; 4 min)
  • Distant Shores (Christopher Harris, 2016; 3 min) +  Names in memory of all victims of the sea (Dagmawi Yimer, 17 min)
  • 28.IV.81 (Bedouin Spark) (Christopher Harris, 2009; 3 min)
  • Sunshine State (Christopher Harris, 2007; 8 min)

Chris Harris

Christopher Harris is a filmmaker whose films and video installations read African American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema.  His work employs manually and photo-chemically altered appropriated moving images, staged re-enactments of archival artifacts and interrogations of documentary conventions. His current project is a series of optically-printed 16mm experimental films in conversation with canonical works of African-American literature.
His international exhibitions include a career retrospective at the Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (Brazil), solo screenings at the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland), Images Festival (Toronto), Encontro de Cinema Negro (Rio de Janeiro) and a solo performance at the Essay Film Festival (London); additional exhibitions include solo screenings at the True/False Film Fest (Columbia, MO), the Brakhage Center Symposium (Boulder, CO) and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago, IL); a solo exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH); two-person screenings at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, D.C.) and UnionDocs (Brooklyn); and group screenings at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Artists' Film Biennial at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the VIENNALE-Vienna International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, among many others.

Yasmina Price

Yasmina Price is a joint PhD student in the Departments of African American Studies and Film/Media Studies. Her work is focused on the African diaspora within the larger schema of anti-colonialist art-making. She is invested in the de-centering and un-settling methods of Black Studies, particularly as they are applied in cinema. She seeks to explore how these enmeshed practices are incarnated as spectacle, bodily fragmentation and cross-medium translation. Yasmina’s academic work is anchored in a commitment to anti-imperial and abolitionist organizing.