Call for Participants

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS (BLACK PEOPLE IN LOVE) FOR “SOMETHING GOOD” 

A FILM RE-ENACTMENT BY AMINA ROSS [Chicago, IL, May 2019]


About The Project, “Something Good” (2019)
As someone who grew up really fond of television, Amina Ross knows the ways in which the media we consume and the stories that we are told, shape the ways in which we view the world, ourselves and each other.  Recently the film depicted above “Something Good Negro Kiss” was dated as “the earliest cinematic depiction of African-American affection.” As an homage to the film, as a tribute to black love and as a mobilization of the power of cinema and archives, Amina would like to recreate this short film, with you and your loved one(s).

The Ask
Amina is asking you to invite them into your home to record you and a loved one, re-enacting “Something Good Negro Kiss” on Super8 film. The resulting footage will be projected onto the side of a building (location TBD) in Summer of 2019, effectively disrupting the city landscape with images of black affection. 

About Amina Ross 
Amina Ross (they/them) is a black feminine-spectrum queer being. They are a facilitator, space-holder and circle-keeper, an educator and a lifelong learner, an image-maker, object-creator, big-dreamer and a believer in the power of art to shift consciousness and transform the material world. A lot of Amina's work engages ethical co-creation, and they are excited to co-create this experience and the resulting film, with you.

Amina is currently an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at Arts & Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. This work will be shown at least once as a part of their final AIRs showcase. 

If you have more questions about Amina's professional background or what their art looks like, please check out aminaross.com, @aminaontheinternet on Instagram, or email aminaalexandraross@gmail.com for more information. 

Interested? Next Steps...
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