Inspired by the themes in the Summer 2021 exhibition Interior Infinite, which centred on masquerade and disguise as strategies for revealing rather than concealing identity, Ensemble brings together five short films by contemporary artists that are situated at the rich intersection between Black culture, costume, and dance. Across these films, calls for justice underscore a visuality that foregrounds Black joy, power, and imagination.
Nick Cave, Drive-By, 2011, 10:06 min.
Steffani Jemison, Sensus Plenior, 2017, 34:36 min.
Athi-Patra Ruga, Over the Rainbow, 2017, 9:27 min.
Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, Odile and Odette, 2005, 14.28
Rhea Storr, Here is the Imagination of the Black Radical, 2020, 10:07 min.
Total runtime: 80 minutes
Ensemble will run from February 23-March 13, played on a continuous loop during gallery hours, Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm, with special after-hours accessibility on Thursdays until 8pm.
Due to an event on Thursday, March 3, Vaccine Cards are required for all visitors from 6pm onwards.
Note that the screening will be closed on Saturday, March 5, as The Polygon hosts activities for children on the first Saturday of every month.
Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts
Banner Image: Rhea Storr, Here is the Imagination of the Black Radical (still), 2020, courtesy the artist and LUX, London