With his feature film debut An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (IFFR 2012), Terence Nance announced himself as a promising, distinctive and inventive artist and filmmaker. His recent, celebrated TV series Random Acts of Flyness more than confirms this. Absurdism and activism go hand-in-hand in the late night series, which focuses on the black American experience, offering a new perspective on perennial themes such as the patriarchy, white supremacy and sensuality.
Nance, born in Dallas in 1982, grew up in a family of artists. He studied art in New York and in 2014 received a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work combines cinema with installations, performances and music. Nance will talk not only about his own work, but in this masterclass will also discuss his participation in the collective The Ummah Chroma, of which he is one of the five members alongside cameraman Bradford Young, director Jenn Nkiru, editor Marc Thomas and artist and composer Kamasi Washington. Their first work, the short film As Told To G/D Thyself, can be seen at IFFR, and as part of the Synergetic programme the collective presents the new installation G/D THYSELF: Spirit Strategy On Raising Free Black Children. Nance came up with the group's name, a combination of the Arabic word 'ummah' (community) and the Greek 'chroma' (colour).
Fri 24 Jan, 15:00, Het Nieuwe Instituut, €6/€5