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CUSP at The Luggage Store Friday

Thursday, 13 January 2011 14:27

We're not totally sure of what to expect at the opening of Luggage Store's 2 person film and video show CUSP, opening Friday (7-9pm), but that's what what's great about The Luggage Store. For over 20 years the Luggage Store has been bringing thought provoking and powerful shows, and here's another not to be missed.


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Dear Art Lovers


Works on film & video by Kevin Jerome Everson & Akosua Adoma Owusu,

curated by Arnold J. Kemp


January 14,  - February 19, 2011

Reception: Friday, something elseJanuary 14, 7-9pm

Gallery   Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12noon-5pm, and by appointment


Through means that are purely visual CUSP, a two-person exhibition and multi-screen installation, explores the relationships between the works of Everson and Owusu who initially came into contact with each other as teacher and student. CUSP reveals the correspondences between projected moving images which exist on the cusp between reality and fiction and the displacement between America and Africa.


Kevin Jerome Everson (born 1965 in Mansfield, Ohio) is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He has made to date four feature-length films and over 70 shorts. His debut feature, Spicebush (2005), a mediation on rhythms of work and the passage of time in Black American working class communities, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and won the Jury Documentary Prize at the New York Underground Film Festival. Cinnamon (2006),  premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and IFFR and has played at several international film festivals, including FID Marseille. The IFFR commissioned Emergency Needs (2007) was selected for inclusion in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. The Golden Age Of Fish (2008) has shown at IFFR, BAFICI (Argentina) and NYUFF. Everson's most recent feature Erie premiered at the International Film Festival, Rotterdam in February 2010, as did BZV, an IFFR commissioned project shot in Brazzaville Congo.

Grounded in historical research and a strong sense of place, Kevin Jerome Everson's films and videos combine documentary and scripted elements with a sparse, rugged formalism. His ongoing subject matter is the lives of African Americans and other people of African descent, often working class, but he eschews standard realism in favor of strategies that abstract everyday actions and statements into theatrical gestures: archival footage is re-edited or re-staged, real people perform fictional scenarios based on their own lives, historical observations intermesh with contemporary narratives. His films suggest the relentlessness of everyday life-along with its beauty-but also present oblique metaphors for art-making.

Akosua Adoma Owusu (b. 1984), a Virginia born, Ghanaian-American filmmaker and artist, earned a Distinguished BA degree in Media Studies and Fine Art at the University of Virginia. A protegĂ© of prolific filmmaker Kevin Everson, Owusu went on to enroll at California Institute of the Arts in the MFA program of Film & Video and Fine Art. Inspired by her bi-national identity and West African griot folklore, she creates personal film essays to insert herself in the tradition of African storytelling.

Owusu's film, Me Broni Ba (my white baby) has gained much attention at high profile festivals worldwide, including Rotterdam, BFI London, Cannes, MoMA, Visions du Reel, SanFrancisco, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, DOK Leipzig, among numerous others. It won Best Documentary prizes at Chicago Underground and Athens Film & Video Festival and Special Mention at Real Life Documentary Festival. 

Owusu was featured in a solo show (VideoStudio: Changing Same, curated by Thomas Lax) at the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY in 2010. Owusu also showed work in Quadruple Consciousness, curated by Malik Gaines at Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA and in 2009 in 30 Seconds Off an Inch, curated by Naomi Beckwith, Studio Museum at Harlem, Harlem, NY.

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