Doc Bodega Dialogues: Khalik Allah and Deanna Bowen


Khalik Allah discuss his film “Field Niggas” with Siddhartha Lokanandi.

Khalik Allah and Siddhartha Lokanandi
Siddhartha Lokanandi and Khalik Allah

Field Niggas is a stark portrayal of the inner city struggle. It depicts an elusive beauty that so often goes unnoticed. Shot entirely at nighttime on the corner of 125th and Lexington avenue in Harlem, Khalik Allah’s camera encompasses, and richly depicts, the mental, physical and spiritual struggle of 125th and Lexington Avenue’s most exhausted and depressed inhabitants. Field Niggas, taking it’s name from Malcolm X’s famous lecture, “Message to the Grassroots,” takes us into a world that most of us would choose to avoid. Khalik’s objective is to shine light on fear, dispel it, and prove that love exist everywhere no matter how much it’s presence has been obscured by poverty, addiction and pain. Ultimately Field Niggas is a hauntingly honest, rich depiction of the poor.



Deanna Bowen discusses her meticulous research on the Ku Klux Klan with Regan Good & Liz Park.

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Regan Good, Deanna Bowen and Liz Park
Regan Good, Deanna Bowen and Liz Park

On the occasion of the exhibition Traces in the Dark  Cheap presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the University of Pennsylvania, UnionDocs presents an artist presentation, screening and conversation with the Toronto-based artist Deanna Bowen. She presents the findings from her meticulous research on Canadian and American Ku Klux Klan activities in performance, prints, bookwork, and collage at ICA in a group exhibition about the things that lie in the margins of recorded history. Through this body of work, Bowen advances her argument that iconic images of civil rights protest ironically occlude the Klan’s activities, and, in response, she shines light on the invisible perpetrators. At UnionDocs, she discusses her research and screens her 2012 short film Paul Good at Notasulga, based on an original audio recording from 1964 of the late civil rights journalist Paul Good’s coverage of a violent incident. Liz Park, Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at ICA and the curator of the exhibition, will moderate a conversation about the burden and privileges of being the keeper of an archive and of being the storyteller with Bowen and the late journalist’s daughter Regan Good.