Black Interiors: Sweat
The Black Aesthetic is an Oakland-based organization whose mission is to curate a collective understanding of black visual culture. TBA members Jamal Batts, Ra Malika Imhotep, and Leila Weefur guest curated this program.
Sweat is evidence of labor. Tonight’s films reflect the inner worlds of black working people, asking us to consider not only the material outcomes of their efforts but the moments of tension, pleasure, communion, and delight that give “black labor power” its depths. An excerpt from Right On/Be Free featuring the Alvin Ailey dance company’s Judith Jamison transitions to scenes of black workers in protest in the documentary Finally Got the News, connecting radical black movement and movements, while the children in the animated Noel’s Lemonade Stand, the educational short The Blue Dashiki, and the experimental documentary Felicia consider economic collectivity, self-sufficiency, and proto–black feminist critique. We end with a short meditation on black werk: a fashion photo shoot.
— The Black Aesthetic
Films in this Screening
Right On/Be Free (excerpt)
Sargon Tamimi, United States, 1971
Finally Got the News
Stewart Bird, Peter Gessner, René Lichtman, United States, 1970
Noel’s Lemonade Stand
Carol Munday Lawrence, Mitchell Rose, United States, 1981
The Blue Dashiki: Jeffrey and His City Neighbors
Maclovia Rodriguez, United States, 1969
Bob Dickson, Alan Görg, Trevor Greenwood, United States, 1965
Fashion photo shoot film roll
, late 1960s