Kemi Craig is a contemporary analogue artist living and working in the traditional Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. An American of African descent raised in Cherokee and Catawba territories, her work centers on futures for raced and gendered bodies. Working through Super 8, 16mm film, and cellphone video, Craig couples performance with devices of looking to interrogate the simultaneous experiences of past, present and future.
About “For Aiyana”
Filmed using a Super 8 camera, the footage is of my own daughter who was approximately the same age as Aiyana Jones who the film references in the title. There is deep joy and presence in her movement. At the same time there is a haunted texture embedded in the exposure, speed and the textures of the film itself. The movement and body of my daughter works with the body of the film to allude to simultaneous relationships of joy and trauma.