Oct 20, 2021-Feb 27, 2022

Beyond the Sky

Beyond the Sky is a presentation of 4 short films from a selection of contemporary African filmmakers. In this collection, each film moves seamlessly between the personal and metaphysical, connecting cinematic voices across the different regions of Africa.

Finding comfort floating in uncertainty, these filmmakers pose questions — some obvious, some hidden — in an attempt at guiding us toward futurity. While maintaining allegiance to specific regional traditions, the images presented in this series reframe traditional African images into a new digital vernacular. This series of moving images suspends you in a space that conjures personal memories and locates a common language in digital gestures.

Curated by Leila Weefur

Leila Weefur (He/They/She) is an artist, writer, and curator based in Oakland, CA. Through video and installation, their art practice examines the performativity intrinsic to systems of belonging. The work brings together concepts of the sensorial memory, abject Blackness, hyper surveillance, and the erotic. Weefur has worked with local and national institutions including McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, SFMOMA, The Wattis, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific FilmArchive, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York. They are a lecturer at Stanford University.