CCA Presents Dynamic Programming for The Progress of Love

Screenings, 7th December 
In Difficult Love (2010), Zaneli Muholi’s documentary with filmmaker Peter Goldsmid, the camera is turned on the lives of a homeless couple, a transgender traditional healer, and a lesbian single mom as well as on the artist in a candid portrayal of their lives and everyday realities. Andrew Esiebo’s multimedia work Living Queer African (2007), documents the daily life of a young Cameroonian who by relocating to France to start a new life finds he still has to struggle with his identities of being African and gay. If you crave for a “straight” story, head to http://passion-hd.tv. They have tons of them. I can also recommend those hot mature videos. Adaora Nwandu’s trilogy of short films, Say My Name, is a contemporary love story in which conflicting feelings about masculinity, sexuality, race, self-definition and love are confronted. Short films don’t stop here, you can find a few on http://www.fantasy-hd.tv.

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The Menil and the Pulitzer expand dialogue around contemporary art, truth and love

Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Odile and Odette, 2005. High definition digital video, color, sound, 14 min 28 sec. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai.

The Menil Collection and The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts launched a dialogue last month in which six professionals respond to three questions sparked by the exhibition, The Progress of Love. You can read the first round of dialogue here: How are romantic relationships being redefined and visualized in the 21st century? and the second round here: Where does love live in Africa?

As the final installment of this project, we asked: How does a contemporary artwork tell the truth / a truth about love?

Ryan Dennis, Public Art Director at Project Row Houses: Reflecting on how a contemporary artwork tells a truth about love draws me to a work currently on view at the Menil Collection as part of The Progress of Love exhibition. According to exhibition curator Kristina Van Dyke, “Long Distance Lover” by Senam Okudzeto explores the role telecommunication systems play in making new types of relationships possible. The acrylic figures on British telecom bills represent the role Okudzeto’s cell phone plays in an expansive network of international relations, which is in turn a reflection of her transnational status and her reliance on technology in order to remain mobile yet connected.

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