Troubling an Unjust Present: Kareem Mortimer’s Filmmaking ambition for The Bahamas

Kempadoo, Roshini 2017. Troubling an Unjust Present: Kareem Mortimer’s Filmmaking ambition for The Bahamas. Small Axe Net: Visualities.

TitleTroubling an Unjust Present: Kareem Mortimer’s Filmmaking ambition for The Bahamas
AuthorsKempadoo, Roshini
Description

This essay explores the relationship between cultural projects and questions of social justice, taking as its starting point a conversation Roshini Kempadoo had with Kareem Mortimer at the first “Caribbean Queer Visualities” symposium, held at Yale University in 2014. Reflecting on Mortimer’s filmmaking practice including the films Children of God (2011) and She (2012), Kempadoo explores these within the wider context of Mortimer’s work and vision for filmmaking in The Bahamas.

This online catalogue essay was part of the Small Axe project CQV Caribbean Queer Visualities (2015) curated and edited by David Scott, Erica Moiah James and Nijah Cunningham. This project as touring exhibition and catalogue was the result of two “Caribbean Queer Visualities” gatherings/workshops which were designed to bring together critics and artists in dialogue held at Yale University in fall 2014 and at Columbia University in spring 2015.
Kempadoo was in conversation with Kareem Mortimer, the Bahamian filmmaker at the Yale University gathering at the invitation of Small Axe.

CQV Caribbean Queer Visualities was funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Whitney and Betty Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Departments of African American Studies History of Art, and Council for Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University; the Department of Anthropology, the Digital Black Atlantic Project in the Center for the Study of Social Difference, the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.

CQV Caribbean Queer Visualities statement of the project was published in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism entitled: Caribbean Queer Visualities: A Small Axe Project Statement Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 118-122.

Year2017
Output mediaonline catalogue article
PublisherSmall Axe Net: Visualities
Publication dates
Published17 May 2017
Web address (URL)http://smallaxe.net/sxvisualities/catalogues
http://smallaxe.net/cqv/issue-01/pdfs/CQV-116%20roshiniKEMPADOO.pdf

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