Visions–André Daughtry’s Short Film and New Black Surrealisms

*This post is part of our New Black Surrealisms series organized by Tiffany E. Barber and Jerome Dent and features the work of artist André Daughtry.

André Daughtry’s 2017 short film, Visions, probes the performativity of movement via liturgy, art making processes, and dance. Daughtry (b. 1977, Queens, NY) is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and performer whose speculative social documentary work explores contemporary expressions and experiences of the spiritual, mystical, and theological within the contexts of pluralism and democracy. His exhibitions include My Time with the Descendants of Atlantis, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA, 2015; CalArts MFA Show, Los Angeles, 2015; and the Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, Redline Gallery, Denver, 2012-2013. He received his MFA in Photography and Media from CalArts and an MA in Theology and the Arts from Union Theological Seminary. André has been an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York, NY (2018-2019) and at the Redline Gallery in Denver, CO (2012-2013). He is the inaugural recipient of CalArts’ Allan Sekula Social Documentary Award (2014) and winner of Union Theological Seminary’s Robert E. Seaver Award in Worship and the Arts (2017).

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