Fighting Weight: Kevin Jerome Everson

Curated by Maaike Gouwenberg

October 5 – October 28, 2018
Opening reception October 5, 6:00 – 9:00pm

The Engine Room

2809 N. Robertson St.

New Orleans, LA 70117

Gallery Hours:

Wednesday 10:00am-2:00pm

Friday 10:00am-2:00pm

Saturday, Oct. 13 - 12:00-5:00pm

Saturday, Oct. 27 - 12:00-5:00pm

"I'm hanging out, coolin’, on the frames that connect the necessity and the coincidence. Formally, that is."

-Kevin Jerome Everson

Fighting Weight brings together a large selection of short films by Kevin Jerome Everson. Through dual projections the viewer is introduced to Everson’s unique world and subject matter. The films are deeply connected to contemporary culture and art and not only deal with the social and political realities of working class African-American life, they also dive into the materiality of the film medium, and narrative structures. Film itself informs Everson's choices, such as sound or silent, color or black and white, or the length of the film roll. His films hover between documentary and fiction, often lightly prompted and focused on simple gestures, real life happenings or historic events. In Fighting Weight, the viewer is absorbed into various starting points and viewpoints and is confronted with films that seemingly choose the same subject but deal with them in different ways. By placing these films alongside each other or showing them sequentially, Everson’s outspoken, but curious approach surfaces and shows that each film has its own logic and rhythm. In concert, the fragmentation of our world becomes visible.

All films courtesy the artist; Trilobite-Arts DAC; Picture Palace Pictures.