Kahlil Joseph

Kahlil Joseph

About

Kahlil Joseph is a Los Angeles-based American artist and filmmaker best known for his large-scale video installations. His most recent work, BLKNWS, is a two-channel video broadcast that blurs the lines between art, journalism, entrepreneurship, and cultural critique, and will be included at the 58thVenice Biennale. 

Exploring film as a powerful collective experience that can be manipulated through its essential visual and audio components, BLKNWS reflects upon the contemporary period through samples of popular culture, archival material, and filmed news desk segments that expose the glaring under-development of the news media format. 

Joseph has spent the past year incubating BLKNWS at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University through roundtable discussions with faculty, staff, and students in preparation for its inclusion at the Biennale. He currently serves as the artistic director of The Underground Museum, a pioneering independent art museum, exhibition space and community hub in Los Angeles that he co-founded with his late brother, the visionary artist and curator, Noah Davis.

Artist Events

BLKNWS

BLKNWS is an innovative project by the Los Angeles artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph. A two-channel video broadcast that blurs the lines between art, journalism, entrepreneurship, and cultural critique, BKLNWS is a critical analysis of how race and storytelling collide within information systems. Exploring film as a powerful collective experience that can be manipulated through its essential visual and audio components, BLKNWS utilizes samples of popular culture, archival material, and filmed news desk segments to expose the glaring under-development of the news media format. Through this conceptual approach to contemporary journalism and entrepreneurship, Joseph envisions BLKNWS as an artwork, a think-tank, a global network, a broadcast platform, and an ongoing archive: "the SportsCenter for black culture." Each edition of BLKNWS is in constant communication with the artist's studio through a hard-wired internet connection, receiving new content in real-time to build an ever-expanding broadcast unique to each location. Current public satellites include three distinct sites at Stanford University; UNION boutique at Lower Harajuku in Tokyo; and the Underground Museum in Los Angeles, as well as installations in private residences. BLKNWS made its European debut at the 58th Venice Biennale in May 2019.

Kahlil Joseph's work will be installed at Union MarketEaton, (open June 15-23 from 10am-6pm) and Lee's Barbershop

Artist Talk 
Monday, June 17
7:00pm
Eaton