The Veil is a 16mm projection that is a rich portrait of contemporary life. The camera sinuously glides through Harlem, pausing to capture quotidian moments—children playing, friends on the block, the bodega—that are steeped with imagination, hope, and sadness. Nightfall brings a series of surreal events, including a detailed dystopian sci-fi street dance. The Veil, a theme introduced by W.E.B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk, provides a link between the 14 seemingly unconnected essays that make up the novel. Mentioned at least once in most of the essays, it describes that, "the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second sight in this American world; a world with yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world.” The Veil serves as a metaphor for the invisibility of black life and existence in America. It is through the Veil where we witness the fluidity and fragility of the black male life and body through movement and sound. And with Harlem as the protagonist, we are forced to become neighbors.

THE VEIL, 16:19, © 2018

Single channel HD colour/black & white video

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