THE VEIL


The Veil, 2018
Single channel HD colour/black & white video, 5.1 sound
16 minutes, 9 second looped projection sequence

The Veil is a 16mm, looped projection that is a vibrant portrait of contemporary Harlem.

"I felt I was walking among the ghosts of Harlem's past, that I was coming here as they had come here, as Billie Holiday had come and Gordon Parks had come, as they all had come: the washerwoman and the seamstress; the heiress and the showgirl; the hard-laboring man and the vagrant; the high and mighty; the lowly and disregarded; the leaders and the followers; artists and intellectuals - coming home, coming to find peace, coming to gain in Harlem a sense of self and a new way of defining oneself, blackness, black culture, black awareness, that was independent of the white world's limiting influence and strictures and prying eyes. Here they and we and I could live completely within ourselves, in a world all black, all our own and of our own making"
-from Still Life in Harlem