2014 USA, HD, 60min
“Set entirely at night, Field Niggas takes us to the corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Harlem and introduces us to its faces. Not just avoiding but repudiating condescension, Khalik Allah’s camera, a longtime, welcome presence in the neighborhood, spotlights his subjects in stunningly composed, dignified portraits that are hypnotically woven with street images. The non-synch audio track consists of conversations with and among those faces: dreams, regrets, arguments, affection, observations, opinions. Field Niggas is a mesmerizing viewing experience, that finds its rhythm using field hollers. The title draws from Malcolm X’s “Message to the Grass Roots” speech, in which he targets the power balance that creates a dangerous wedge between the “house slaves” and the “field slaves.” Khalik Allah’s singular, trenchant film serves as an ardent call to rise above social constructs.” As told by Chris Boeckmann of True/False Films.
Antonyms of Beauty
2013, USA, 8/35 mm, 27min
Pointing to my head : You got no idea how deep this goes, and coherent all the way through. I read thousands of books that had me vacillating between insanity and sanity. Now I walk the precipice of death until there’s nothing left.
“I’ve been staring into the sun since I was a child. Some people told me not to do that. I did it anyway. I made Antonyms of Beauty for the same reason. I have to stare at what nobody wants to look at.” From Fotogragia Magazine.
I don’t see other photographers where I shoot, only surveillance cameras. When asked if fear was the main theme of my work I said it’s not fear, but the removal of fear leading to the awareness of Love that interest me. We don’t react to anything directly in the world, only to our interpretation of things. And our interpretations are mostly wrong. Photography is a therapeutic tool I use to confront my own perception, and challenge my ego. It strengthens my spirit when I see passed appearances and approach people who I would’ve otherwise avoided.