Black Independence Day All Day

Ciera Alyse McKissick

eryday. new mercy(s) pt. 2 

avery r. young
in collaboration with South Side Home Movie Project

✨Opening & Live Performance✨
October 10, 2020 — 7:00 p.m.
Location: Principle Barbers (North Lawndale) - 3820 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60632


On Exhibit: October 11-October 22
Location: The Night Gallery

This event will present a “double feature”: a new video work by Ciera McKissick and a live peformance by avery r. young, in collaboration with South Side Home Movies Project ongoing series Spinning Home Movies. The presentation of the works will be followed by a short conversation moderated by Bobby Price of Principle Barbers.

In consideration of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, this event will take place outdoors with 6-foot social distancing; masks will be required at all events. Please RSVP so we can manage crowd sizes in public space. 

Black Independence Day All Day

Inspired by Arthur Jafa's "Love is the message" collage style video, Black Independence Day All Day is a glimpse into black history and black contemporary culture, centered on moments of joy and freedom rather than trauma. The collage video juxtaposes images and footage of black business enterprises in Oklahoma which lie at the helm of America's racial history and tensions, James Baldwin, Spike Lee's Malcolm X, the Texas Prison System with 12 O'Clock boy inspired racing, Nina Simone, Grace Jones, double dutch competitions, hand games, and movement of black bodies. Black Independence Day All Day asks the questions "What does freedom look like? What stories will and should be told about black history?" These questions are answered through a visual representation and explore the parallels of black identity through a historical and modern day context in a series of spliced videos and audio that encompass the layers of blackness.

eryday. new mercy(s), Part 2

Interdisciplinary artist avery r. young along with musicians Corey J. Wilkes and  Justin Dillard will create a live ekphrastic work in reaction to a home movie of the 1968 King Riots in the East Garfield neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago, from the South Side Home Movie Project’s Jean Patton Collection.  The music will be improvised as the musicians encounter the footage together for the first time.

Spinning Home Movies is a 30-minute curated set of vintage home movie footage from the South Side Home Movie Project digital archives, soundtracked by some of Chicago’s top DJs and Musicians. Each episode features a new themed film collection accompanied by soulful vibes artfully mixed by the week’s featured DJ to warm your heart and spirit. Learn more about Part 1 of this work by avery. r young here 

avery r. young -  Vocals
Corey J. Wilkes - Trumpet, Percussion
Justin Dillard - Keys; percussion
About Ciera McKissick
Ciera McKissick is an independent writer, curator, cultural producer, and the founder of AMFM. She is also the coordinator of Public Programs at the Hyde Park Art Center, and Communications Associate at Ox-Bow School of Art. She created AMFM, originally a web magazine, as an independent study project in 2009 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Journalism and Mass Communications. Her work since then often involves collaboration through supporting Black and brown artists, local arts organizations, and seeks to stimulate community engagement that's driven by inclusivity, accessibility, intention, and care.

About avery r. young
Interdisciplinary artist avery r. young is a 3Arts Award winning teaching-artist, composer and producer with work that spans the genres of music, performance, visual arts and literature. Examining and celebrating Black American history and culture, his work also focuses in the areas of social justice, equity, queer identity, misogyny and body consciousness. As a writer, this Cave Canem alum has work featured The Breakbeat Poets, Coon Bidness, to be left with the body and Make Magazine. He has also written curriculum and essay on arts education which appear in Teaching Artist Journal and A.I.M. Print. His new full-length release, “booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid,” features songs and other sound designed created during his Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (APL/CSRPC) artist residency. It was during this residency that he worked worked on sound design and concrete poems called "cullud sign(s)." Through voice, sound, visual art and performance, young is constantly exploring the forms and spaces in which poetry can exist. Most recently, he is the vocalist on flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening (FPE Records) and his poetry is featured in photographer 3Arts Awardee, Cecil McDonald Jr.’s debut book, In the Company of Black (Candor Arts) and his first book neckbone (Northwestern University Press) was released in June 2019. He is currently one of four directors for the Floating Museum and touring with his band avery r. young & de deacon board.

Learn more about avery at avery r. young photo credit: Marvin Michaels

About Spinning Home Movies
Spinning Home Movies is produced and presented by Arts + Public Life (APL) and South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP), with support from the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC) and Chicago Arts Access. Each episode features a 20-30 minute set of 8mm, Super 8mm or 16mm vintage home movie footage shot by South Side residents from the 1920s to 1980s, curated and soundtracked by Chicago DJs, musicians and performing artists. Each episode is followed by a live discussion, “The Rewind,” where the Spinning Home Movies production team, guest artists and film donors dig deeper into the episode’s themes, discuss the curatorial and creative process, share the back story behind the film clips, and reflect on the unique experience of engaging South Side artists with this local film archive. SSHMP was founded in 2005 by Arts + Public Life director Jacqueline Stewart, and works to ensure that the diverse experiences and perspectives of South Siders will be available for study and appreciation by larger audiences and future generations through the collection, preservation, digitization, research and screening of home movies generously donated to the archive. Learn more about the South Side Home Movie Project and explore the digital archives at

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