Lola Ayisha Ogbara

Black Light Cinema Project

June 2 - September 23, 2023
Location: South Side Community Art Center

In a world rich with diverse cultures and histories, the concept of belonging and homeplace holds profound significance. Within the tapestry of human experiences, one thread stands out with resilience, creativity, and an indomitable spirit – the Black cinematic experience. SSCAC is debuting the Black Light Cinema Project to explore the intricate interconnectedness of Black life through new media and film. This inaugural iteration explores themes of belonging, homeplace, and identity, while celebrating the vibrancy of our urban landscapes.

At its core, this exhibition seeks to dismantle conventional notions of homeplace and embrace a more nuanced understanding through the exhibiting of the underrepresented medium of film in art space. We invite visitors to venture beyond the physical spaces we call home, encouraging them to delve into the emotional, spiritual, and ancestral landscapes that define our sense of belonging. Through ongoing screenings of film shorts, we offer a multifaceted exploration of the Black experience, revealing the complex interplay of history, memory, and identity.

Chicago Reader (Review)

Participating Artists:

Jada Amina
zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal
Cameron Granger
Paige Taul
Cai Thomas