Artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph’s multi-faceted practice embraces cinema, visual art, sound, and media. His films and video installations are deployed in both mainstream environments and the art world, from the Venice Biennale to a Black-owned barbershop in Washington, D.C. Joseph’s heightened musical sensibility and rhythmic editing are always palpable whether he’s working in experimental cinema – imagine fractured narratives, blurring of past and present, fiction, dreams, and reality – or journalism.

Joseph’s ongoing conceptual news program BLKNWS is a multi-site video installation that also operates as a media entity. The constantly-changing two-channel project, with its uninterrupted flow of found footage, originally-produced segments, and current and historical news clips expanding on the current power of broadcast journalism, ultimately does away with hierarchy of information. At the core of all of Joseph’s shape-shifting work, one comes face-to-face with deeply felt experiences of quotidian moments, propulsive energy and Spirit.

""What it means to be an artist in the 21st century…is to focus more on the expansive realms of what art could mean to both artists and the community.""


photo: Jake Michaels