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“Black Man, Why Are You So Violent?” & Other Questions from New Transmedia Project Premiering This Weekend (NY)

"Black Man, Why Are You So Violent?" & Other Questions from New Transmedia Project Premiering This Weekend (NY)

This weekend, New Yorkers will be the first to experience Question Bridge: Black Males, a new transmedia art project that seeks to redefine black male identity.

A while ago, Monique posted that the project had been accepted into the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab, and this Friday its world premiere took place at Brooklyn Museum, where it will run through June.

Presented as a video installation by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Chris Johnson in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair, Question Bridge includes a series of video exchanges in which 150 Black men representing a wide range of geographic, generational, economic, and educational strata serve as both interviewers and interviewees.

Just a few of the questions from the 1,500 video exchanges include:

Black man, are your children better or worse off as a result of your involvement?

Why wouldn’t you be happy with your son being gay?

Why are you so violent?

Why didn’t you leave us a blueprint?

Having seen an early version of this project last spring, I certainly expect some interesting dialogue to follow, and I’m curious to see the final result.

If you’re not yet familiar with Question Bridge, have a look at the trailer below:

Question Bridge: Black Males – Project Trailer from Question Bridge on Vimeo.

The exhibit runs at Brooklyn Museum through June 3, with a special discussion with the artists scheduled for February 2. Find details at Brooklyn Museum.

There are also 2012 exhibits planned in Oakland, Atlanta, and Utah. For more information, visit the Question Bridge website.

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