Photo courtesy Wu Tsang
Join us for a special evening of music, drinks, and the premiere of Wu Tsang’s film ALL IT TOOK (2017), starring the genre-melding, critically lauded singer Kelela. The film spans five years, following the creative process of the up-and-coming pop star as she records her debut album Take Me Apart (recently released on Warp Records to international acclaim). Her unique brand of future-forward pop exists within intersections, flowing seamlessly from era to era, genre to genre, always thrust forward by the simultaneous power and vulnerability of her voice.
Tsang’s film explores these tensions, and the singer’s adaptability and fluidity within a system largely built on market constraints and notions of a (racialized) fixed image. Using the cinematic lens to interrogate reality, Tsang’s new work uses performance and magical realism to undo conventional narratives and representations, experimenting with what is possible in the realms of the unfixed and the unreal.
Wu Tsang is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist, and her video Girl Talk (2015) and prints from her Gravitational Feel series (2017) are currently on view in “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” at the New Museum. Her films and artworks have been presented in festivals, broadcast, and art exhibitions around the world, including SXSW Film Festival; Berlinale Film Festival; Toronto Hot Docs International Film Festival; the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Tsang is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and one of Filmmaker’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.