ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kahlil Joseph (b. 1981, Seattle, WA) is a Los Angeles-based American artist and filmmaker best known for his large-scale video installations. His most recent and ongoing project, BLKNWS, is a two-channel fugitive newscast that blurs the lines between art, journalism, entrepreneurship, and cultural critique.
Exploring film as a powerful collective experience that can be manipulated through its essential visual and audio components, BLKNWS reflects upon the contemporary period through samples of popular culture, archival material, and filmed news desk segments that expose the glaring under-development of the news media format through a distinctly Black lens.
BLKNWS premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontiers in conjunction with limited screenings at 12 art house theaters nationwide, including New York’s IFC Center. BLKNWS was a cornerstone project of the fifth iteration of the Hammer Museum’s biennial exhibition “Made in LA 2020: a version,” with installations at both the Hammer and Huntington Library, and satellite broadcasts in predominantly Black-owned businesses and civic centers throughout Los Angeles.
In 2019, Joseph received a VIA Production | Acquisition Grant to support the international debut of BLKNWS at the 58th Venice Biennale. BLKNWS was incubated at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University through roundtable discussions with faculty, staff, and students as part of Joseph’s 2018-2019 Presidential Residency on the Future of Arts. In 2016, Joseph was nominated for an Emmy award for his co-direction of Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade. He is a recipient of a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and a 2017 Los Angeles Artadia Award.