January 23, 2020
This screening of video works by artists featured in SOFT POWER expands ideas explored in the exhibition on the role of the artist as citizen. Many of the artists in the exhibition work across media and are incisive makers of time-based art including sound and moving images. Profoundly nuanced and lushly depicted works by LaToya Ruby Frazier, Carlos Motta and Tuan Nguyen are grouped around the theme of water as an element that connects people through stories of resistance and violence. The screening and discussions are an opportunity to expand our understanding of the political and creative context from which these artists’ practices emerge. Each screening will be followed by a conversation with the artists, moderated by Jamal Batts. Batts is a doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley and a member of the curatorial collective The Black Aesthetic who was the curatorial intern for SOFT POWER.