Christopher Harris (USA) is an artist whose films and video installations read African American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema. His work employs manually and photo-chemically altered appropriated moving images, staged re-enactments of archival artifacts and interrogations of documentary conventions. His current project is a series of optically-printed 16mm experimental films in conversation with canonical works of African-American literature. Recent exhibitions include a career retrospective at the Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, and solo screenings at the Locarno Film Festival, Images Festival, and Encontro de Cinema Negro. Additional exhibitions have been held at the Brakhage Center Symposium, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, UnionDocs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Artists’ Film Biennial at the Institute of Contemporary Art, IFF Rotterdam, the Viennale, among many others. Harris received a 2019-20 Artist Residency Award from the Wexner Center for the Arts and was a featured artist at the 2018 Flaherty Seminar. He is the recipient of a 2017 Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship and a 2015 Creative Capital grant. Interviews with Harris have appeared in BOMB Magazine, Film Quarterly and numerous other print and online journals. Writing about his films has appeared in periodicals such as CinemaScope Magazine and Millennium Film Journal. He is Associate Professor, Head of Film & Video Production at the University of Iowa.
INVENTORY OF BLACK ROSES: SELECTED FILMS OF CHRISTOPHER HARRIS
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: December 2 – December 23, 2020
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: A Willing Suspension of Disbelief + Photography and Fetish, 17 min, 2014; 28.IV.81 (Bedouin Spark), 3 min, 2009; Reckless Eyeballing, 14 min, 2004; Halimuhfack, 4 min, 2016; Sunshine State (Extended Forecast), 11 min, 2007; Distant Shores, 3 min, 2016.
Curated by Oona Mosna