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Friday, May 18 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
"No More White Presidents" Screening

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“No More White Presidents” is a multi layered abstract film that I, a white, recently out trans woman completed in January of 2017. For the film I developed what I am calling the “flash film” technique. Initially it was a structural device similar to the chance operations used by composers such as John Cage to get out of the practice of creating “slick” edits or “moves” predetermined by overarching institutionalized aesthetic norms. However, as I worked with it I began to discover that the technique, although certainly “experimental”, has more kinship with craft techniques I have practiced such as beading, knitting, weaving and braiding. Although on the surface it could simply be a long form music video for my Black Meteoric Star project it is in fact a complex of evocative and energetic themes gathered around the necessity for abolition and reparations. The themes that are “braided” or “beaded” together include a repetitive meditation on death, an assessment of global capitalism as so overburdened by the karma of the triple legacies of slavery, land theft/genocide and imperialism that it can no longer function, an invocation of several of the Orishas prominent in the Afro-Cuban "Reglas Lukumi" and an exploration of my emerging Trans-Feminine identity. The intention of the film is to open up a territory for exploration and interpretation around our current predicament, allowing the viewer to come to their own conclusions about the specific details and possible solutions, both individually and through discussions with others.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with :
  • D’atra Jackson (Ingnite NC, BYP100)
  • Corrine Kerrigan (Durham LGBTQ Center)
  • José Romero (Durham Beyond Policing)

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Gavin Rayna Russom

Gavin​ ​Rayna​ ​Russom​ ​is a New York-based multimedia artist, DJ and electronic music composer. Using the analog and digital synthesizer, she has produced a body of extremely influential art and music over the last 15 years, as both a solo artist and in collaboratio... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
21c Main Gallery 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701