Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce the collaborative project Question Bridge: Black Males and a selection of works by Hank Willis Thomas that will include Zero Hour from the Wayfarer series and new sculptural pieces that employ photographs, clothing, wood and plexiglass to explore complex narratives about race, history and visual culture.
Question Bridge: Black Males is a project that explores critical and challenging issues within the African American male community by instigating a transmedia conversation among black men from a range of geographic, economic, generational, educational and social strata. The innovative video installation begins a dialogue that is continued through special community events across the country, a curriculum offered to high schools, a website and social media engagement. Question Bridge aims to provide a forum for necessary, honest expression and healing dialogue on themes that divide, unite and puzzle Black males today in the United States. Questions and separately filmed answers are then interwoven to create a stream-of-consciousness “megalogue” around issues such as family, love, interracial relationships, community, education, violence and the past and future of Black men in American society. From these exchanges emerge surprising insights and new possibilities for witnessing our common humanity.
Question Bridge: Black Males is a portal to an inner realm of Black male consciousness. This five-channel video installation presents an intimate exchange between over 150 Black men from 12 different cities in America. These diverse, everyday individuals ask and answer questions that are political, humorous, painful and poignant. The installation is designed to invite visitors into a space where they can experience an intimate exchange between the subjects of the project. Question Bridge creates a platform for participants to represent and redefine black male identity in America.
Question Bridge: Black Males was created by Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The Executive Producers are Delroy Lindo, Deborah Willis and Jesse Williams. It is a fiscally sponsored project of the Bay Area Video Coalition (a 501c3 not-for-profit organization) and supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Institute: Campaign for Black Male Achievement, The California Endowment, The Tribeca Film Institute, The LEF Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation and the California College of the Arts. The project was supported by the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab.