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May 15th 2021 - June 14th 2021

"La Negresse Blanche"

dir. Jasi Lampkin & Asia Stewart (2021)

 
 
 
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SYNOPSIS

Filmed over the course of a six-hour performance, La Négresse blanche illustrates the epidermalization of whiteness on a Black body.

*NOTE: above you see an edited version and a longer excerpt of the performance.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Asia Stewart is currently based in New York, where she works as a singer and performance artist. She is a National YoungArts Winner in Musical Theatre and a former National Arts Policy Roundtable Fellow with Americans for the Arts. After receiving degrees in the social sciences from Cambridge and Harvard University, she has sought ways to embody abstract sociological concepts as materials that can be felt. Stewart is most interested in digitally or virtually housing the human body, which she considers to be a living archive. Her ultimate aim is to preserve and transmit the stories that are literally and figuratively inscribed on the human body. She recently concluded her first independent performance series entitled Graft, which attempts to capture the violence that constructions of whiteness and femininity wrought on Black bodies.

Jasi Lampkin is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker who intends to create works that audiences can gather around. She believes that art is a non-individual practice and prioritizes discussion as an integral part of filmmaking, because it allows for an idea to live, breathe, and grow in the real world. In 2020, Lampkin helped run the Freedom Fundraiser Collective, a network of artists and activists that has hosted seven virtual shows, reached audiences as large as 600 per show, and raised over $140,000 for grassroots organizations fighting for Black queer and trans liberation. Overall, Lampkin hopes that her films can promote justice and provide audiences with clarity and joy.