Ephraim Asili:
Fluid Frontiers

September 10-December 19, 2020
Thursday – Saturday, dusk – 11pm
Everson Museum Plaza
401 Harrison Street

Related Events

Screening + Q&A: The Diaspora Suite
Thursday | October 15 | 6:30pm
Streaming Online

BE SAFE: MASK UP AND SOCIAL DISTANCE — Exhibition patrons visiting the Everson Plaza must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet between individuals at all times, except for groups visiting from the same household. We encourage everyone to wear face masks to safeguard the public health and as an extension of our commitment to help flatten the COVID Curve. UVP limits attendance at all screenings to 50 people to adhere to Onondaga County’s latest social distancing guidelines.

Light Work’s Urban Video Project is pleased to present the exhibition Ephraim Asili: Fluid Frontiers from September 10-December 19, 2020 at their architectural projection venue on the Everson Museum facade.

This will be the first exhibition at our exhibition site utilizing our entirely new, state-of-the-art projection system.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Asili will present a special remote screening of The Diaspora Suite, a series of five short films exploring the echoes and resonances of the African diaspora on Thursday, October 15 at 6:30pm.

About the Work

Fluid Frontiers 

2017 | 16mm film transferred to HD video, stereo sound

Fluid Frontiers is the fifth and final film in the series entitled The Diaspora Suite, exploring Asili’s personal relationship to the African Diaspora. Shot along the Detroit River, Fluid Frontiers explores the relationship between concepts of resistance and liberation, exemplified by the Underground Railroad, Broadside Press, and artworks of local Detroit Artists. All of the poems are read from original copies of Broadside Press publications by natives of the Detroit/Windsor region, and were shot without rehearsal.

About the Artist

Ephraim Asili is a Filmmaker, DJ, and Traveler whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force. His films have screened in festivals and venues all over the world, including the Flaherty Film Seminar; the New York Film Festival, NY; Toronto International Film Festival, Canada; Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI; San Francisco International Film Festival, CA; Milano Film Festival, Italy; International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands; MoMA PS1, NY; REDCAT and LAMOCA, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the Whitney Museum, NY. As a DJ, Asili can be heard on his radio program In The Cut on WGXC, or live at his monthly dance party, Botanica. Asili currently resides in Hudson, NY, and is a Professor in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College.

More information: vdb.org/ephraim-asili


This exhibition was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.