Men Who Swallow Themselves in Mirrors

Sable Elyse Smith

2017 | 00:08:32 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | Video

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"In this eight-minute video work, we are given nonnarrative footage sutured together to form a fragmented, hallucinatory sensation. Storefronts zoom by as captured in grainy footage out of the passenger seat of a car, two unseen men undergo tactical training that involves shooting ice with handguns, and kaleidoscopic images of cops swirl in red and blue hues. The entire work migrates between a Black conceptualist dérive and an exposé on the mundane ways that violence meets the affective realms of everyday Black life."

- Sampada Aranke, Everyday Exposures in Sable Elyse Smith’s Ordinary Violence

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Exhibitions + Festivals

"Who Gets To Look" with Erik Benjamins, UCI Art Gallery, Irvine, CA, January 14 - February 11, 2017

"Dear Watchers in the Shadows," The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL, September 24, 2017

"Ordinary Violence," Queens Museum, Queens, NY, September 17, 2017 - February 18, 2018

CONDO, JTT hosted by greengrassi and Corvi-Mora, London, UK, January 13 - February 10, 2018

"SITElines.2018: Casa tomada," SITE Santa Fe, Sante Fe, NM, August 3, 2018 - January 6, 2019

"Ordinary Violence," Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI, August 17, 2018 - January 27, 2019

"Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System," CAMH, Houston, TX, August 25, 2018 - January 6, 2019