In her analysis of 19th century notions of black girlhood, historian Nazera Sadiq Wright notes that as “raced, gendered, and youthful figures, black girls occupy a space of inbetweenness, like the figures Hortense Spillers labels ‘not-yet’ subjects: they are not yet citizens and not yet women.” Despite the hyper consumption of images of Black women in digital and non-digital media, the complexity of Black female subjectivity is often flattened or disregarded in popular culture.
In The Giverny Document (2019), Ja’Tovia Gary shifts between contemporary Harlem, New York and Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France and combines documentary-style street interviews, abstracted montage techniques of Giverny, and archival footage of Nina Simone’s 1976 performance at the Montreux Jazz Performance to form a complex portrait of Black femininity. For A Love Song for Latasha (2019), Sophia Nahli Allison combs through oral histories and archival material to combine past and present in an experimental hybrid documentary form, shedding light on the life of Latasha Harlins, the 15-year old girl whose murder in South Central Los Angeles in 1991 was a leading catalyzer for the 1992 L.A. Riots.
The Giverny Document, 2019, dir. Ja’Tovia Gary, 42 min.
A Love Song for Latasha, 2019, dir. Sophia Nahli Allison, 19 min.
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