I heard about this project through an email among my sisters and her co-workers, discussing this exhibition as a possible tool in their school curriculum and some sort of reference for their at risk students.
As stated on their website: “Question Bridge: Black Males is a transmedia art project that seeks to represent and redefine Black male identity in America. Through video mediated question and answer exchange, diverse members of this “demographic” bridge economic, political, geographic, and generational divisions.”
This exhibition is currently being shown at the Brooklyn Museum now through June 3rd in the Mezzanine Gallery, 2nd Floor. The project is presented as is an innovative video installation created by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Chris Johnson in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair.
They spent years traveling the United States, speaking to 150 Black men from cities including New York, Chicago, Oakland, Birmingham, and New Orleans.
“From the interviews they created 1,500 video exchanges in which the subjects, representing a range of geographic, generational, economic, and educational strata, serve as both interviewers and interviewees.” – Brooklyn Museum
The themes that emerge include, family, love, interracial relationships, community, education, violence, and the past, present, and future of Black men in American society.
“The exhibition includes multiple screens playing videos of the interviews, edited so that it appears as if the men are having a conversation. The artists hope that the Question Bridge project will be a catalyst for constructive dialogue that will help deconstruct stereotypes about Black male identity in our collective consciousness.” -Brooklyn Museum
For all other information PLEASE go to: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/question_bridge/ and http://questionbridge.com/
I haven’t got a chance to go, but I intend on making the trip very soon. I really do urge people to check this out, especially if your an African-American family with kids. But it truly is relevant to everyone. If anything it can be apart of your black history month celebration