FKA twigs, Headie One, Fred again.. 'Don't Judge Me' by Emmanuel Adjei & FKA twigs
Having collaborated with Headie One and Fred again.. on her latest release, FKA twigs has collaborated with director Emmanuel Adjei on the magisterial video for Don't Judge Me - a metaphorical exploration of the experience of being Black and British today.
This is a double whammy of two distinct sequences that have their own riveting quality, and then weave together towards the greater message. Like most things created by twigs and Adjei - directors who are working together for the first time - they gradually create an indelible impression.
On the one hand, there is twigs herself, sitting in a chair a grand room in a grand English house. But can she escape what reveals itself to be a gilded cage. Before she can get through the door of the room, unseen forces drag her back to the chair. When she negotiates the door, she only gets so far before flying back to her first position once again. It's a continual struggle, which increasingly calls upon angular choreography as well as wirework.
And then in a mysterious counter-scenario to twigs's struggles, we are taken into another scene, the details of strange and shocking sculpture, and the people surrounding it. The artwork is Kara Walker's fountain sculpture Fons Americanus, a satirical take on a classic Victorian mode of art, cast in concrete - which has exhibited at the Tate Modern in London. The cast around the sculpture are eminent Black Britons - listed below - who have shared a particular struggle, shaped by cultural, systemic and structural biases, to be who they have become.
"From someone’s appearance, we are unable to judge whether a person discriminates over colour, sex, religion, or gender," says Emmanuel Adjei, talking about the theme of The Invisible Oppressor, which has informed the video for Don't Judge Me. "The oppressors within the people surrounding us, most often remain invisible until their abuse against others is revealed. This is one of the reasons why, for generations, discrimination is so hard to fight. Who must the victim fight against if it can’t identify the perpetrator?
"In this audio-visual document we get to witness artists FKA Twigs and Headie One, amongst other Black British influentials, fighting against invisible forces of judgement and oppression. Having the enormous Victorian-inspired fountain 'Fons Americanus' by visual artist Kara Walker - depicting the historical, sorrowful story of slavery and colonization - as our setting, and particularly as the spirit of the film, this important monument creates another layer of depth and meaning to an invisible yet shared history."
|Production Company||Object & Animal|
|Executive Producer||Morgan Clement|
|Executive Producer||Dom Thomas|
|Production Manager||Chanel Parkinson|
|1st AD||Ty Hack|
|Director of Photography||Paul Özgür|
|Focus Puller||Michael Hobdell|
|2nd AC||Jomar O’Meally|
|2nd AC||Elisa Spigariol|
|Art Director||Paulina Rzeszowska|
|Editing company||Trim Editing|
|Colourist||Joppo Te Veldhuizen|
|Grading company||De Grot|
|Post production company||Mathematic|
|Post Producer||Hadi Dahrouge|
|Post Producer||Mikaella Zarka|
|Other credits||Cast: Clara Amfo, Efua Baker, Munroe Bergdorf, Nicole Crentsil, Lisa Elde, Danto Earth, Renni Eddo-lodge, Solomon O.b, Mahlon Romeo, Kukua Williams, Benjamin Zephaniah|
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