Christopher Blay | KWTXR

Event Date: 
Jan 23 2017 (All day) to Feb 3 2017 (All day)

UNT on the Square | January 23– February 3, 2017| Public Reception: January 26th 6:00 – 8:00 pm, with remarks at 7:00 pm. 

The Denton Black Film Festival and UNT on the Square are pleased to announce an exhibition by Fort Worth artist Christopher Blay titled KWTXR, January 23 – February 3, 2017. The exhibition is presented by the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts and the Denton Black Film Festival (January 27 – 29, 2017). A reception will be held on January 26th 6:00 – 8:00pm, with remarks at 7:00pm.  

KWTXR is an exhibit of drawings, photographs and video by Christopher Blay. KWTXR (based on the fictitious character KaraWalkerTexasRanger) is a body of work that memorializes African American victims of police shootings over the past 25 years. Its central theme is a fantasy narrative in which the character time travels and reverses the outcome of the victim’s confrontations with police. Key elements of the fantasy narrative co-opts religious symbols and rituals, combined with conspiracy theories and science fiction as a way of dealing with the collective frustration and heavy sense of loss that these events have created.

Christopher Blay is an artist and the curator of the Art Corridor Gallery at Tarrant County College Southeast. He was an Artist-in-Residence at CentralTrak Dallas, and was recently awarded a Microgrant from the Nasher Sculpture Center. Blay is a frequent guest artist at Universities and Museums in the DFW Area. He received the Dallas Observer Master Mind award in 2015 and the Moss/Chumley Award from the Meadows Museum of Art in 2013. For more information and images: blayblogger.blogspot.com/

The Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) was founded in 2014 and is presented by the Denton African American Scholarship Foundation. DBFF exists to address under-representation in film and media by giving black stories an audience and black creatives a platform. Sharing culture and building community are the goals of DBFF. Proceeds from the annual festival fund scholarships for African-American students in Denton.

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