Black Political Making, a screening and conversation with filmmaker Esery Mondesir and writer/curator Nataleah Hunter-Young, is now available to stream on our video page. Mondesir and Hunter-Young discuss a range of topics, including their analog and digital practices, the aesthetics of care, and the flawed global conception of racism in Canada.
About the artists: ESERY MONDESIR is a Haitian-born video artist and filmmaker. He was a high school teacher and a labour organizer before receiving an MFA in cinema production from York University (Toronto) in 2017. Mondesir’s work draws from personal and collective memory, official archives and vernacular records, and the everyday to suggest a reading of our society from its margins. His films, which explore migration and exile as sites of identity formation as well as cultural resistance, have been exhibited in Canada and internationally. Mondesir currently lives in Toronto and teaches at OCAD University.
NATALEAH HUNTER-YOUNG is a writer, film curator, and Ph.D. candidate in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York Universities. A Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, her doctoral research explores the socio-cultural impacts of social media videos documenting anti-Black police brutality and their representations in contemporary art. At the Toronto International Film Festival, Nataleah is international associate programmer for Africa, the Middle East and Black Diaspora. She has also supported festival programming for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa. To find her recent writing visit Canadian Art Magazine, Xtra Magazine, the Gardiner Museum, and issue #58 of PUBLIC: Arts | Culture | Ideas, which she also co-edited. Nataleah was born to two and raised by many in Toronto.