Kahlil Joseph: New Suns

1 December 2017–25 March 2018

Exhibition Overview

Still from Wildcat

In his absorbing films, Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph (b. 1981, Seattle, WA) conjures the lush and impressionistic quality of dreams with particular reverence for quotidian moments and intimate scenes. Music always figures centrally in Joseph's works, and sounds reverberate as vital and powerful analogues for the play of images through which he chronicles the stories and rhythms of his subjects. As much as they plumb the history of cinema and moving images, Joseph's films also find a parallel in the lyricism, complexity, and affective power of black musical traditions.

New Suns is Kahlil Josephs first solo exhibition in Europe, showing a selection of his most important films in recent years including m.A.A.d. , Wizard Of The Upper Amazon, Until the Quiet Comes, Wildcat (Aunt Janet) and Alice™. Together with these films works will be shown from related artists and friends such as Noah Davis, Faith Davis, Karon Davis, Michelle Blade, Henry Taylor, Arthur Jafa and Saudade Toxosi.

The title New Suns is based on an epigram from a never completed book by the Afro-American science-fiction writer Octavia Butler that spoke very deeply to Joseph, capturing the cosmic tension between optimism and pessimism, and the possibility of actually breaking through this deep psychic impasse into something new, quite wonderfully.

(Photo: Kahlil Joseph, Still from Wildcat, 2016, three channel film work with audio)

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