Fluid Frontiers

Ephraim Asili

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Takeover: IV. Words Takeover Fluid Frontiers
Ephraim Asili

11 Minutes

Repeat: Dec 15-16 ET

Fluid Frontiers is the fifth and final film in the series entitled The Diaspora Suite, exploring Asili’s personal relationship to the African diaspora. Shot along the Detroit River, Fluid Frontiers explores the relationship between concepts of resistance and liberation, exemplified by the Underground Railroad, Broadside Press, and artworks of local Detroit Artists. All of the poems are read from original copies of Broadside Press publications by natives of the Detroit/Windsor region, and were shot without rehearsal.

This screening is part of Words Takeover, the fourth chapter of the online program Takeover curated by Julian Ross for e-flux Video & Film, and unfolding in six chapters between September 22 and December 15, 2022, with the films and videos of each chapter streaming for two weeks.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Diaspora, Experimental Film, Video Art, Poetry, Black Studies, Africa, Freedom
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Ephraim Asili is an African-American multidisciplinary artist and educator whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force. Often inspired by his quotidian wanderings, Asili creates films, books, cassettes, records, collage, and installation works that situates themselves as a series of meditations on the everyday in relation to local and global politics. Asili’s work has been exhibited in festivals and venues all over the world, including the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and The Berlinale. Asili’s 2020 feature debut The Inheritance premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival and is a part of the permanent collection at The Whitney Museum of Art. Asili was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2021 and the recipient of a Ford Foundation JustFilms grant in 2022. During the summer of 2022 Asili directed the short film prelude Strange Math. Asili is currently the director of the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College, and a 2023/2024 Harvard Radcliffe Fellow.


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