Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
1. BATTLEGROUND. A short film by Mark Bone and Kwesi Thomas
2. RIPDMX Via @NYCGRAFF.HEAD
3. Gigantic Graffiti by Ellr and Khol, via Montana Colors
BSA Special Feature: BATTLEGROUND. A short film by Mark Bone and Kwesi Thomas
“It’s just weird to feel like you’re this ‘issue’ in society and that the world is divided with how much they should care about you or how much they should listen to you or should be concerned with issues around your life. It’s weird to be like a battleground,” says co-director and subject Kwesi Thomas says in the opening of the film.
A film purely of this moment, Battleground treads on soil that has been contaminated for centuries, the current inhabitants the inheritors of a heritage of racism. This week’s conviction of a white officer for killing a black civilian was only fraught with tension because the system doesn’t guarantee it and because it’s an exception rather than a rule.
“I wanted to make the film because I wanted to change that for other people.”
Born from conversations that followed the death of George Floyd, Kwesi Thomas & Mark Bone break silences, make themselves vulnerable, continue this painful conversation that is necessary for change.
BATTLEGROUND. A short film by Mark Bone and Kwesi Thomas
#RIPDMX Via @NYCGRAFF.HEAD
A tribute of wholecars to rapper DMX needs only the soundtrack of the steel wheels screeching on the rails.
Gigantic Graffiti by Ellr and Khol
“A small piece may look good in a picture but to look good in reality it needs to have size.”
50 meters should be sufficient for this new piece by Swedish writers Koll and Ellr. Montana Colors, who sponsored the wall, says the two are “drawing influence from some of the more sophisticated trends of Scandinavia and New York.”