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Archival Address: Films by Ayo Akingbade and Morgan Quaintance

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A young generation of moving-image artists in the United Kingdom is crafting important works that display their poetry, passions, and personal histories. Different in approach from traditional films about artists by documentarians, films about artists by artists expand the genre of nonfiction filmmaking.

Recently, London-based filmmakers Ayo Akingbade and Morgan Quaintance have each developed their own distinctive styles and approaches to filmmaking that explore what it means to place oneself in the frame—both literally and figuratively, as viewer and maker. Akingbade’s and Quaintance’s work intersects in the realm of the archive, as they consider and reconfigure evidence from the past to meet contemporary questions and desires.

With each of the six films in this series (three by Akingbade, three by Quaintance), viewers might consider what it means to document someone’s life across a not-so-distant past. Here are personal stories of artists—in front of and behind the lens—negotiating and claiming their place in a postcolonial, 21st-century England. With thanks to the artists and to LUX Moving Image, London.

Film descriptions by the artists. Claudette’s Star (Akingbade) and South (Quaintance) were both recently commissioned by Independent Cinema Office and LUX Moving Image, London, as part of Second Sight, a touring film program exploring the Black Film Workshop movement’s legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies, and histories throughout the 1980s.

Ayo Akingbade

Morgan Quaintance

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