Swarm: Terence Nance

BlackStar Projects

2020
$262,164

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Terence Nance, 2018. Photo by Ken McFarlane. 

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Film still from As Told to G/D Thyself, 2019. Courtesy of Terence Nance.

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Film still from They Charge For The Sun, 2016. Courtesy of Terence Nance.

Black filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician Terence Nance’s first solo exhibition will shed light on his interdisciplinary film and media work, including Random Acts of Flyness—the Peabody Award-winning HBO series that examines contemporary Black life in America—and semi-animated feature film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Maori Karmael Holmes, artistic director and CEO of BlackStar Projects, will curate two installations, with a decade of Nance’s work presented at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a new commission exhibited at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Both will reflect Nance’s interdisciplinary style that comprises live-action film, animation, photography, sound, performance, and installation. A series of public programs will include performances, screenings, panels, and artist talks. An accompanying catalogue will feature texts from Nance and his collaborators and images from the installation works.

The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.