Black Cinema House will feature multimedia artist, A.J. McClenon, with a double feature of two, short format works. As described by A.J., “Black Water: Polarity is a multimedia performance series that draws personal, historical and political relationships between Black people and water.” It invokes elements of dance, theatre, personal experiences and historical accounts through performance and sound.
“Sharks, Adolescence and Being the Darkest Girl in the Pool is a multimedia performance series and in progress documentary that speaks to the hunting of black and female bodies through non-linear storytelling that features coming of age stories exploring family, the sport of fishing, swimming, grief and the politics of sexual identity.”
A.J. holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has performed and shown work throughout the US, at locations like Steppenwolf, The Promontory, Woman Made Gallery, Echo Park Film Center, Chicago Filmmakers, Terrain Exhibitions. AJ is currently the co-director of Beauty Breaks, an intergenerational beauty and wellness workshop series for black people along the spectrum of femininity. AJ is also a co-founder of F4F, a domestic venue that cultivates a femme community, centers blackness, and expands upon understandings of what domestic space can be.
Join us in conversation with A.J. McClenon after the screening – the event is free of charge, no RSVP required!