Hosted in the Art Projects Screening Room, is an accompanying programme of collaborative film and new media initiatives, curated in 2019 by Pryle Behrman.
The release in 2018 of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther provoked renewed interest in the cultural aesthetic of Afrofuturism and in particular the way that its history within experimental film-making over the past 50 years has laid the groundwork for both the critical and (importantly, in the field of counter-cultural movements) commercial success of the film.
Focusing on key works from the 1970s onwards from Africa and the African Diaspora, the films on display in the Art Projects Screening Room, 2019, explored the past experiences and future possibilities of African communities through alternate and imagined realities. The programme introduced the many different creative reinterpretations of science fiction, documentary, historical fiction, fantasy, straight drama and magic realism that are a feature of Afrofuturism’s innovative nature and which have ensured its continuing influence.
Pryle Behrman is an art journalist, curator and academic. He has written regularly for national newspapers and several major art magazines, in particular Art Monthly, and is on the International Advisory Board of MIRAJ, a journal of artists’ moving image work published by University of the Arts London. Pryle is Company Manager of Furtherfield, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation based in Finsbury Park running exhibitions, workshops and debates about art and technology; he is also Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art & Design at Writtle University College in Essex.
Pryle has worked as the curator of the Art Projects section of London Art Fair in previous years and curated the 2019 programme for the Art Projects Screening Room.