Kahlil Joseph
Past event


Kahlil Joseph’s multi-faceted practice embraces cinema, visual art, sound, and media. His films and video installations are deployed in both mainstream environments and the art world, from the Venice Biennale to a Black-owned barbershop in Washington, D.C. Joseph was one of the founders of the Underground Museum, a pioneering independent art museum, exhibition space, and community hub in Los Angeles.

Premiered at Sundance 2020, Joseph’s ongoing conceptual news program BLKNWS is a multi-site video installation, presented as a one-hour broadcast at REDCAT. The constantly changing two-channel project—with its uninterrupted flow of found footage, originally produced segments, and current and historical news clips expanding on the current power of broadcast journalism—ultimately does away with hierarchy of information.

As a special addition to the BLKNWS screening, Another BLKNWS will also present Joseph’s Fly Paper, initially conceived as a sound installation, presented for the first time in a theatrical setting at REDCAT

The program includes a post-screening talk with Kahlil Joseph.

Artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph’s self-described ‘conceptual news program,’ is different from the sleekly produced merchandise of corporate television. Yes, his can be noisy, too, and the pace of his editing is quick. But the stories don’t develop, they accrue. Joseph’s programming is textured and eccentric, which is not the stuff of cable. The whole is bigger than the sum of its parts.

Los Angeles Times

Kahlil Joseph was the 2021 recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in Film/Video.

The Jack H. Skirball Series is organized by Bérénice Reynaud and Eduardo Thomas.


Kahlil Joseph

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.