Rhea Storr: Junkanoo Talk

Rhea Storr, Junkanoo Talk, 2017, Digital and Super 16mm transferred to digital, 12 mins, Selected by Whitechapel Gallery, London.

21 January – 22 March 2020

The imagery in Junkanoo Talk (2017) by Rhea Storr (b. 1991, UK) unfolds like a language without words. Junkanoo is the carnival of the Bahamas; vivid shots of fringed paper costumes are accompanied by sounds made on the body to the beats of Bahamian Rake ‘n’ Scrape. The work is part of Storr’s investigations into how to speak of and represent other cultures in film.

Rhea Storr (b. 1991, Leeds, UK) works in moving image, drawing and writing. She received an MA in Contemporary Art Practice from the Royal College of Art, 2017 and a BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, 2013. Recent screenings include: National Museum of African American History and Culture, USA, European Media Art Festival, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Kassel Doc Fest, Berwick Film and Media Art Festival and Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

The Artists Film International 2020 programme responds to the theme of language. Local sounds, rituals and political realities feature, from the rhythms and images of a Bahamian Junkanoo to the contested ancestral lands on the desert border between Mexico and the USA.