We are thrilled to announce that Ephraim Asili will be visiting Queen's for a number of events, from November 13th to 18th.
All events are free to attend and open to everyone. Please join us!
Ephraim Asili is an African American multidisciplinary artist and educator whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force. Often inspired by his quotidian wanderings, Asili creates films, books, cassettes, records, collage, and installation works that situate themselves as a series of meditations on the everyday in relation to local and global politics. Asili is the director of the Film and Electronic Arts Program at Bard College, where he is also an associate professor teaching film production and film studies. He is currently a Harvard Radcliffe-Film Study Center Fellow where he is completing his second feature-length 16mm film Don & Moki: Organic Music Society, a documentary/essay hybrid exploring the life and times of the multi-instrumentalist, theorist, and educator Don Cherry and his collaborator and wife, the visual artist Moki Cherry.
Asili’s films have screened in festivals and venues all over the world, including the New York Film Festival, the Berlinale, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Asili’s feature debut, The Inheritance, premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. The film streamed on the Criterion Channel along with a collection of his shorts, The Diaspora Suite, and a program of films which inspire his practice. The Inheritance was recently acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art for its permanent collection and inspired the current exhibition. In 2020, Asili was named as one of "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker magazine. In 2021, Asili was a 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation recipient. Most recently, Asili directed the short film, Strange Math, and a live fashion show at the Louvre for Louis Vuitton, inspired by Sun Ra's myth science and the FAMU marching band.
Monday November 13th, 7-10pm
DJ Set & Social(The Grad Club, 162 Barrie St.)
Wednesday November 15th, 7-9pm
Screening and Q&A: The Inheritance
(The Screening Room, 120 Princess St.)
Thursday November 16th, 6-8pm
Workshop: Documentary, Diaspora & The Archive
(Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 36 University Ave.)
Friday November 17th, 11:30-2:30pm
Artist Conversation: Discrepant Echoes
(Isabel Bader Centre, 390 King St. W, Room 222