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Kahlil Joseph to screen new short film inspired by Roy DeCarava at Tate Modern and New Museum

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Filmmaker Kahlil Joseph will premiere his new black-and-white short film at London’s Tate Modern in July, and take part in a discussion with Tate curator Zoe Whitley, before taking it to New York’s New Museum to form part of a longer-term film installation from September.

The new film is inspired by the pioneering American photographer Roy DeCarava, whose work features in the Tate Modern’s upcoming exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. DeCarava was the first African-American photographer to be awarded the Guggenheim fellowship in 1952 and was renowned for his photographs of New York inhabitants, particularly his native Harlem, and his iconic portraits of protesters at civil rights marches. He also became known for his photographic depictions of jazz and album sleeves for the likes of Miles Davis.

The New Museum describes the film: “Drawing from DeCarava’s virtuosity with chiaroscuro effects and his commitment to representations that reflect the rhythms of daily life, Joseph’s new film will consider the dimensions of past, present, and future in Harlem and New York City.”

At the New Museum, the film will be shown alongside Kahlil’s film m.A.A.d. with Kendrick Lamar, a 15-minute, double-screen portrayal of Compton.

The premiere will take place at Tate Modern’s Starr Cinema on 25 July 2017; tickets are available here.

The film installation opens 27 September 2017 – 7 January 2018 at New Museum, New York.

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