Two films interpreting the physical and mental layers of interior domestic spaces, built around Carrie Mae Weems' exploration of Black female subjectivity.
This film programme is part of the Carrie Mae Weems: Reflections for Now public programme at the Barbican Centre, and presents two films that explore a dialogue around Black lived experience (particularly of Black women) and spaces in our homes.
Carrie Mae Weems explorations of Black female subjectivity serve as a point of departure for this programme, which extends her interest in the spatial and emotional dimensions of interior domestic spaces, most famously explored in her celebrated Kitchen Table Series.
The two films in this programme foreground interior spaces, and explore the everyday lives of their protagonists, creating layered portraits of the African American subjects.
See the Programme section for more information on these films.
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USA 1987 dir Iman Uqdah Hameen 24 min
Unspoken Conversation is a thesis film by Iman Uqdah Hameen, whose central character is developing her artistic practice, whilst navigating the gendered demands of the domestic space.
Since being made in 1987, the film has been screened a handful of times, and remains a rare example of a film exploring the experiences of interior sites from a Black female perspective.
A Dream is What You Wake Up From
USA 1978, dirs Larry Bullard, Carolyn Johnson, 50 min
Paired with A Dream Is What You Wake Up From, adopts a mixture of documentary and staged performances to create an intimate portrayal of a group of three Black families capturing splices of life from across spaces of education, home and labour.
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