Knowledge is power, 9 documentaries about the history and black culture in America

Knowledge is power, 9 documentaries about the history and black culture in America

Giulia Pacciardi · 1 month ago · Art

As those who have been following us since 2010, the year in which our curatorial work related to art in many of its forms began, are well aware, every time we thought it was necessary we urged to take a position.
We did so by showing you the works of artists whose battles, political opinions and criticism we share.

Our aim has always been to inform and today more than ever we feel this urgency.
To do so we decided to entrust this task to 9 documentaries and interviews that illustrate the powerful history of black culture in America and the concept of “white privilege”, hoping to contribute with our research to the understanding and fight of phenomena that are difficult to digest.

Eyes on the Prize  (1987-1990)

Eyes on the Prize is an American television series and 14-part documentary about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The documentary originally aired on the PBS network and it also aired in the United Kingdom on BBC2. Created and executive produced by Henry Hampton at the film production company Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond, the series uses archival footage, stills and interviews by participants and opponents of the movement. The title of the series is derived from the title of the folk song “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize,” which is used as the opening theme music in each episode.
A total of 14 episodes of Eyes on the Prize were produced in two separate parts. The first part, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954–1965 and the second part, Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965–1985.

Watch all the episodes here.

Freedom Riders (2010)
THREATENED. ATTACKED. JAILED. COULD YOU GET ON THE BUS?

Freedom Riders is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws in order to test and challenge a segregated interstate travel system, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.
From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Wounded Knee, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, The Murder of Emmett Till) Freedom Riders features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters: the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand. The two-hour documentary is based on Raymond Arsenault’s book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975 (2011)

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement-Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them-the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this footage to light in a mosaic of images, music and narration chronicling the evolution one of our nation’s most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement. Music by Questlove and Om’Mas Keith, and commentary from prominent African- American artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle — including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles — give the historical footage a fresh, contemporary resonance and makes the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution.

Hidden Colors (2011)

Hidden Colors is the name of an ongoing documentary filmseries directed by Tariq Nasheed and produced through King Flex Entertainment, to explain and describe the marginalizing of African Americans in America and the world. The first four films were funded by separate Kickstarter campaigns, and the fifth film was funded using Indiegogo.

Watch all the episodes here.
Hidden Colors: The Untold History Of People Of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descent
Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin
Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism

Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy
Hidden Colors 5: The Art of Black Warfare

Dark Girls (2011)

Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.

White Like Me (2013)

White Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we’ve entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today.

13TH – XIII Emendamento (2016)

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

Oprah Interviews The Exonerated Five (2019)

Oprah Winfrey sits down with the exonerated men behind “When They See Us” to discuss the ongoing cycles of racism and injustice in our country, and the need for change.

Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea (2019)

The pleasure is all Chelsea’s. “Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea” follows comedian Chelsea Handler as she confronts and explores her personal and cultural impacts around white privilege. Handler travels around the country speaking with a wide range of people on the topic of race including fellow comedians Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, and W. Kamau Bell, anti-racism writer and activist Tim Wise, a Republican women’s group in Orange County, CA, college students at an open mic night, and her former high school boyfriend in New Jersey.

Cover photo credit: Black Lives Matter protest in New York City, July 10, 2016. Benedict Evans/Redux

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Art is Resistance – Mauro Gatti

Art is Resistance – Mauro Gatti

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 months ago · Art

Monday will start a new week of Art is Resistance, the charity project curated by Collater.al, with a new artist, a new artwork and a live performance on Instagram.
After the illustrators Ale Giorgini, Osvaldo Casanova, Fernando Cobelo, Gianluca Folì, Johnny Cobalto, Francesco Poroli, the artist who will perform live and put his work up for auction is Mauro Gatti.

In the last few weeks many artists have taken turns on our and your screens, all belonging to a different world, but all with the same goal: to help the Lombardy region to cope with the health emergency caused by Covid-19.

While you’re waiting for the live broadcast with Mauro Gatti, who will connect from Los Angeles where he lives and works, take a tour of all the active auctions, including that of the designer Erasmo Ciufo who closed last week’s Art is Resistance.

MAURO GATTI – on Collater.al‘s Instagram profile and on his profile from 4:00 pm on 13.04.2020

Originally from Italy, I Live in LA where everyone surfs except me.
I have 15+ years award-winning creative career (including a 2017 Emmy Award for Best Interactive) and I love ideas, innovation, pizza and dogs.
I love to make people happy with my art across all kinds of projects, from illustration to creative direction, children’s books and game design.
In 2018 I created The Happy Broadcast, a counter hate and fear culture project where I feature positive news from around the world.
A visual antidote to the doom and gloom we see and hear in the media.

On Monday 13th, Mauro Gatti will be live on our Instagram profile and on his staff and will work on an ad-hoc illustration that, as soon as finished, will be auctioned on 32actions where he will stay for a month.

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Art is Resistance – Marco Mazzoni

Art is Resistance – Marco Mazzoni

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 months ago · Art

After yesterday’s live show with illustrator Mauro Gatti, the second artist to take part in Art is Resistance is Marco Mazzoni.

Like all the artists involved in the charity project that we have been curating for three weeks now, Marco has decided to make available to the Lombardy region one of his artworks created ad hoc for this occasion.
At the end of the month, in fact, all proceeds from the auctions you are participating in will be donated to the region to help doctors and nurses to work safely despite the health emergency that sees them on the front line.

Tomorrow at 15:00 we will upload Marco’s artwork on 32auctions but also the making-of of the work on our Instagram profile.
While you’re waiting, take a tour HERE and participate in the auctions already underway by the end of April!

MARCO MAZZONI – on Collater.al’s Instagram profile and on his profile from 15:00 on 14.04.2020

Marco Mazzoni was born in 1982 in Tortona but lives and works in Bergamo.
In 2007 he graduated in painting at the Brera Academy of Art (Milan). 
Working exclusively with coloured pencils, he often represents the flora, fauna and feminine mysticism of Sardinia in the 16th-18th centuries.
His illustrations have appeared in books, newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi Fructose Magazine, Les Arts Dessinés, Arte Mondadori.

For Albin Michel he published the illustrated book “Poucette” (“Pulgarcita” in Spain for Edelvives, “Mignolina” in Italy for Rizzoli). He is preparing an illustrated book in collaboration with Sebastien Perez for the Soleil publishing house in 2020.
He collaborates with Jonathan LeVine Projects (New Jersey) and Thinkspace Projects (Los Angeles) for America, Gallery Benoni (Copenhagen), Galleria Patricia Armocida (Milan), Galleria Giovanni Bonelli (Milan) for Europe. 
He participated in the 54th. International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Lombardy Regional Pavilion, Palazzo Te, Mantua, “Turn The Page: the first ten years of hi-fructose” at Virginia Museum Of Contemporary Art (Moca) (US), POW! WOW! Hawai’i at the Honolulu Museum of Art School (US), LA NATURA SQUISITA: BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF POP at the Fondazione Stelline (Milan), The New Vanguard – at The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) and in IMAGO at the Much Museum in Munich (Germany).
His personal exhibitions include “Dear Collapse” Thinkspace Project (Los Angeles), “Monism” Galleri Benoni (Copenhagen), “Il Ricordo è Un Consolatore Molesto” Galleria Patricia Armocida (Milan), “Home” Galleria Giovanni Bonelli (Milan), “Animanera” Jonathan LeVine Gallery (NY).

On Tuesday 14th April you will find on Collater.al’s channel the video of the making-of of the unpublished work that will be auctioned on 32actions where it will remain until the end of April.

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The colorful and dynamic illustrations by Petra Eriksson

The colorful and dynamic illustrations by Petra Eriksson

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Art

Colorful, dynamic and daring. These are the illustrations of Petra Eriksson, a young illustrator of Swedish origin who now lives and works in Barcelona. This is not the first time we talk about the work of this young artist, about two years ago we focused on the beautiful portraits that led her to edit the illustrations for the book Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women. Today we come back to talk about her because in these years Petra Eriksson’s portfolio has continued to grow, starting to give space to other subjects as well. 

Thus, the production of portraits is interspersed with two other subjects that have become more and more present, landscapes and food

Always characterized by safe and bold use of color and full backgrounds, Petra Eriksson’s work fascinates her 80,000 followers every day on Instagram, but that’s not all. In fact, Petra Eriksson’s style has led her to collaborate with clients such as The New Yorker, The Guardian, and The Sunday Telegraph

Below you can find a selection of her work and find out more go on Petra Eriksson’s website and Instagram profile

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“It can’t rain all the time,” Pejac’s window

“It can’t rain all the time,” Pejac’s window

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 months ago · Art

We are going through a difficult, hard time, we have said it many times, but hopefully, as soon as we get out of it.
The creativity of artists, however, has not remained in quarantine, quite the contrary. Pejac, street artist that over the years we have come to know, continues to amaze us even from his studio in the center of Madrid with his latest work entitled “It can’t rain all the time“, a quote from the famous movie “The Raven“, perfect for the period we are all going through.

The world-famous Barcelona-born artist replicates great classical masterpieces in a modern key, but not only that, his minimalist art varies from miniature drawings to striking site-specific interventions.
Pejac skillfully embellishes public spaces, but with his works, he wants to provide careful reflections on current themes, such as social and environmental issues. 

This time, however, he had to adapt to the decrees in force, not being able to beautify public spaces, he transformed his window into an artwork inspired by the famous “Golconda” by Magritte.
The acrylic figures, painted directly on the windows of his studio, seem to rain from the sky for an optical effect, protected by vintage gas masks and well-spaced one from the other as required by current regulations.

Once again, Pejac surprises us, in a simple way, inviting us to unleash our imagination beyond all limits, even if our view from the home is always the same.
You try it too!

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