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Screening and Discussion: Ja'Tovia Gary & Frank B. Wilderson
Join us for a two-part event bringing together artist and filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary and Frank B. Wilderson III, professor of African American Studies at UC Irvine and author of Afropessimism (2020). The event will begin with a screening of Gary’s film The Giverny Document (Single Channel) (2019) at 6:00pm EST and will be immediately followed by a conversation between Gary and Wilderson at 7:00pm EST.

This event is organized by graduate students in the Film and Visual Studies Ph.D. program in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies in collaboration with the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts and marks the keynote presentation of the graduate conference (Im)possibility, ongoing from October 8- 10, 2020. The Giverny Document (https://www.jatovia.com/the-giverny-document-2019#1
will be available on our website for the duration of the conference here (https://bit.ly/3jk1TVw). Please see the conference website (https://www.vesgrad.com/) for more information and a full schedule.

Oct 8, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ja' Tovia M. Gary
Artist and Filmmaker
Ja’Tovia M. Gary's (b. Dallas, TX. 1984) work seeks to liberate the distorted histories through which Black life is often viewed while fleshing out a nuanced and multivalent Black interiority. Gary charts the ways structures of power shape our perceptions around representation, race, gender, sexuality, and violence. Gary earned her MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2017 Gary was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Filmmaking. Her award-winning films, An Ecstatic Experience and Giverny I (Négresse Impériale) have screened at worldwide including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, The Whitney Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Atlanta Film Festival, the Schomburg Center, MoMa PS1, MoCA Los Angeles, Harvard Film Archives, New Orleans Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and elsewhere. In 2016 Gary participated in the Terra Foundation Summer Residency program in Giverny, France.
Frank B. Wilderson
Professor and Chair of African American Studies, and a core faculty member of the Culture & Theory Ph.D. Program @University of California, Irvine
Frank B. Wilderson III is professor and chair of African American Studies and a core faculty member of the Culture & Theory Ph.D. Program at UC Irvine; and an award-winning writer whose books include Afropessimism (Liveright/W.W. Norton 2020); Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid (Duke University Press 2015); and Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms (Duke University Press 2010). He spent five and a half years in South Africa, where he was one of two Americans to hold elected office in the African National Congress during the apartheid era. He also was a cadre in the underground. His literary awards include The American Book Award; The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Creative Nonfiction; The Maya Angelou Award for Best Fiction Portraying the Black Experience in America; and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. Wilderson was educated at Dartmouth College (A.B Government and Philosophy), Columbia University (MFA/