English / Deutsch

7.9.2018 | ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin

I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not meets Speisekino: Bronx Gothic

Dinner and film screening

I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not #34: I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not meets Speisekino
Bronx Gothic (2017) by Andrew Rossi
Host: Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, in conversation with Okwui Okpokwasili
Dinner and film screening, subtitles in English

The starting point of the film is Okwui Okpokwasili’s one-woman show Bronx Gothic, a coming-of-age story about two girls in the Bronx of the 1980s. Following Okpokwasili as the show tours the US and culminates in a final performance in the Bronx, Rossi’s film examines the artist’s background and creative process, discussing the complex social issues and personal trauma embodied in her work. Providing an intimate space for audiences to become entangled with her in an embodied narrative shaped around desire and race, Okpokwasili’s performances feature a multidisciplinary practice of movement, sound, and text, all of which find their way into the film. Scenes from the show Bronx Gothic are accompanied by insights to the artist’s personal life and working practice, childhood and coming-of-age memories as well as talkbacks with her audience on her tour.

As part of the 10th Berlin Biennale’s public program I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not the 10th Berlin Biennale collaborates with ZK/U: Throughout the entire summer, the Speisekino screening series at ZK/U is programmed by the 10th Berlin Biennale curatorial team and invited artists and filmmakers. The series brings together feature and experimental films and documentaries in conversation with the exhibition, with our dreams and ghosts, and in dialogue with Berlin and the world, but–as we said before–we are not interested in providing a coherent reading of histories or the present of any kind.