Episode 5: summer fucking mason, Jamal Batts, and Malika Ra Imhotep

Notes from MoAD

Episode 5: summer fucking mason, Jamal Batts, and Malika Ra Imhotep

By Jamal Batts, Malika Ra Imhotep August 1, 2018

Notes from MoAD is dedicated to the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Emerging Artist Program, giving the exhibiting artists an opportunity to discuss their featured exhibition at MoAD and how their art practice is in dialogue with contemporary art as it considers themes of the African diaspora.


Notes from the Field: MoAD’s Emerging Artists and Critic Series, in partnership with Art Practical, is a podcast dedicated to MoAD’s Emerging Artist Program. This series of interviews gives the exhibiting artists an opportunity to discuss their featured exhibition at MoAD and how their art practice is in dialogue with contemporary art as it considers themes of the African Diaspora.

In this final episode, writers and members of curatorial collective The Black Aesthetic, Jamal Batts and Malika Ra Imhotep, sit down with LA-born filmmaker summer fucking mason, to discuss their immersive installation and short essay film Gemini. Exploring the film's title ad astrological significations, they talk about embodying duality as it relates to the popular zodiac symbology and the ways in which summer has integrated it into the many iterations of their gender presentation. summer discloses how this work is deeply tied to familial rupture, the discovery of themselves and their brothers within the structures of black masculinity, and understanding their queerness. 

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summer 'fucking' mason is a film director of experimental shorts. Them and a creative team decided after graduating from UC Berkeley that instead of finding a job, that they would make one for themselves and all their friends. They direct a team of artists of color on personal and commercial projects through the creative agency, ONX. All in all, they chill and make films. 

Jamal Batts is a doctoral student in the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. His work considers representations of morbidity, death, and disease in black and queer performance and visual culture.

Malika "Ra" Imhotep is a black feminist writer/root worker from Atlanta, GA currently pursuing a doctoral degree in African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her thinking engages black femme performance aesthetics and cultural production throughout the Black Diaspora. Her creative praxis is invested in a textual and performative enjoyment of undisciplined movement, the historical present, black obscenities, black spiritual practices and other blackityblk happenings.

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