Kalup Linzy (b. Stuckey, FL; lives Brooklyn, NY) is best known for the performance-based videos that he has written, directed, edited, and performed in professionally since 1990. Adopting the styles and narratives of American television soap operas, Hollywood tearjerkers and romance films, Spanish-language novellas, and Nigerian video melodramas, Linzy satirically deconstructs themes of sexuality and gender, race, class, and pop culture. The soundtracks are pre-recorded and lip-synched and the characters—sublimely cast with a range of engaging professional and nonprofessional performers—are frequently played in drag. Linzy himself plays the starring role and often performs the voice-overs for the other characters. His videos and performances are popularly received on YouTube and MySpace, on broadcast radio, and in galleries and museums worldwide.
The program includes highlights from Linzy's song-based videos, including Lollypop (2006), As da Artworld Might Turn (2006), and Melody Set Me Free (2007). Also included are two premieres: How Katessa Got Her Groove Back (2008), a satirical short based on the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back; and SweetBerry Sonnet (2008), a work in progress.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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