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Opening Night Feature: Leilah Weinraub
USA, 2017, DIGITAL VIDEO, 72 MIN
Propelled by pulsing beats and lyrical visuals, SHAKEDOWN is an intimate time capsule of a weekly party founded by and featuring African American women in Los Angeles’ underground lesbian strip club scene in the early 2000s. This party was a crucial community-organized space of queer expression where black women’s desires, power, and autonomy were centred. Weinraub, a participant and member of this community, began documenting the party’s events, backstage banter, and unforgettable performances when she started attending in her early twenties. The film combines Weinraub’s footage with archival material and party posters, and includes up-close portrayals of several of the key figures, including creator and emcee Ronnie-Ron, star dancers Egypt and Jazmine, and the mother of the scene, Mahogany. SHAKEDOWN shares the unique cultural expressions of this community, which have often been appropriated by mass culture, yet are rarely seen and shown on their own terms.
Leilah Weinraub will be in attendance
Followed by Opening Night Party at Unit 2.
Thursday April 12th , 2018 , 7:00pm - 8:12pm
The Royal Cinema
13 April—2 June
Sophia Al-Maria’s exhibition Black Friday foregrounds the artist’s ongoing investigation into the accelerated development of the Gulf Nations and the sobering signs of a hyper-capitalist future to come. The large-scale single-channel video installation Black Friday (2016) features hypnotic renderings of Qatari shopping malls that are often distorted and refracted, creating a dizzying disorientation of space. Through its vertical projection, booming soundtrack, and ominous voice-over, the work offers a distinctly apocalyptic take on the mall as a consumer sanctuary. Al-Maria’s likening of the mall to a sacred temple is linked to her decade-long examination of Gulf culture with its ideological mistrust of Western values and simultaneous embrace of American-style consumerism. In 2007, Al-Maria coined the phrase “Gulf Futurism” to describe the coexistence of these cultural extremes and the dystopic future that they profess.
Black Friday will be paired with The Future was Desert, Parts 1 & 2 (2016), a two-channel video that pays homage to the desert as a harsh fictional landscape, serving as an impending site for human civilization. By pairing the two works, the exhibition depicts Al-Maria’s imagined Gulf future—one that is punctuated by prophetic isolation.
Tue–Sat 11 AM–6 PM
Thursday April 12th , 2018 , 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Thursday April 12th , 2018 , 10:00pm - 2:00am
Opening Night Party Ft. myst milano