“Soggettiva Theaster Gates” at Fondazione Prada

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“Soggettiva Theaster Gates” at Fondazione Prada

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Fondazione Prada is unveiling a new film season scheduled for its Milan venue from 5 October 2018, that includes screenings, movie marathons and discussions. An event, presenting Soggettiva Theaster Gates, will inaugurate the program on Friday, 21 September.

The new Soggettiva series will be conceived by artist and scholar Theaster Gates, on the occasion of his new show “The Black Image Corporation,” open to the public from 20 September 2018 to 14 January 2019 at Fondazione Prada Osservatorio in Milan. It will be presented with a movie marathon and a conversation between Gates and film directors Spike Lee and Dee Rees, coordinated by curator Okwui Enwezor, to be held on 21 September at the Deposito at 6pm. The movie marathon, lasting from 10am of Friday 21 September to 7am of Saturday 22 September, allows audiences to immerse themselves in an intense, exceptional cinematographic experience.

Gates’ selection includes nine films Body and Soul (USA, 1925) by Oscar Micheaux, Carmen Jones (USA, 1954) by Otto Preminger, The Defiant Ones (USA, 1958) by Stanley Kramer, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (USA, 1971) by Melvin Van Peebles, Killer of Sheep (USA, 1977) by Charles Burnett, Do the Right Thing (USA, 1989) by Spike Lee, Daughters of the Dust (USA, 1991) by Julie Dash, I Am Not Your Negro (USA, 2016) by Raoul Peck and Moonlight (USA, 2016) by Barry Jenkins that reveal a complexity of social, cultural and political visions of the Black community, challenging the racist or negative stereotypes employed in classic Hollywood cinema and mainstream film production. Employing different genres and languages from musical to political film, from independent cinema to documentary, from guerrilla film to LGTBQ cinema these cinematographic works all provide insights into alternative, controversial and radical narratives of Black people over the last nine decades of American history.


Si è svolta presso la Fondazione Prada a Milano l’evento di presentazione di “Soggettiva Theaster Gates” con una conversazione moderata da Okwui Enwezor, tra l’artista Theaster Gates e i registi Spike Lee e Dee Rees.

All’incontro hanno partecipato più di 350 persone. Alla presenza del Presidente della Fondazione Miuccia Prada e del Soprintendente Artistico e Scientifico della Fondazione Germano Celant, hanno inoltre assistito all’evento la regista Sofia Coppola, gli attori Katherine Langford, Travis Mills, Madelaine Petsch e Freida Pinto, il direttore della Mostra del Cinema di Venezia Alberto Barbera, la direttrice di Vogue America Anna Wintour, il direttore di Vogue UK Edward Enninful, il direttore di W Magazine Stefano Tonchi, l’artista Francesco Vezzoli, la curatrice Kimberly Drew e il fotografo Cory Tran.

I film della “Soggettiva Theaster Gates” saranno riproposti al Cinema della Fondazione Prada ogni venerdì dal 5 ottobre.