Sondra Perry invites fellow artists Danielle Dean, Ja’Tovia Gary, Tiona McClodden and Sable Elyse Smith to screen selected video works.
The title of the program is borrowed from an essay by Hito Steyerl titled, ‘In Defense of the Poor Image.’ Referencing Soviet director and theorist Dziga Vertov’s concept of ‘visual bonds,’ Steyerl imagines the utopian implications of the distribution of low-resolution digital images. Circumventing verification, homogenization or regulation, GIFS, thumbnails, JPEGS, and memes, may offer digital space for alternative sharing economies and niche visual languages.
What politics are expressed in the creation and dissemination of digital ephemera? In particular, how is black and queer personhood visualized in digital and filmic space? Collectively critiquing and re-imagining Steyerl’s utopia, Perry moderates a discussion about self-imaging, the familial, and dissenting technologies.