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Kevin Everson: The Surface Below – short film screening and Q+A

March 25, 2017 @ 12:15 pm
Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr
Knoxville, TN 37916


Event_Kevin Eversonimage1Saturday, March 25, 2017
Knoxville Museum of Art at 12:15PM

With a sense of place and historical research, Kevin Jerome Everson’s films combine scripted and documentary moments with rich elements of formalism. The subject matter is the gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other people of African descent. The conditions are usually physical, social-economic circumstances or weather. Instead of standard realism he favors a strategy that abstracts everyday actions and statements into theatrical gestures, in which archival footage is re-edited or re-staged, real people perform fictional scenarios based on their own lives and historical observations intermesh with contemporary narratives. The films suggest the relentlessness of everyday life—along with its beauty—but also present oblique metaphors for art-making.


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