If you are engaged in Africa, race relations, ancient voices, Ferguson, spirituality, and the Diaspora — then you must invest 8 minutes of your time for this stupendous video.
Dallas-born Terence Nance has totally captured my spirit this morning, channelling voices deep in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley and Kenya. I wonder if he knows where his people came from in Africa.
Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He comes from a family of artists, telling Filmmaker.com that his mother was an actress, father a photographer and uncle a jazz musician. The artist is a Northeastern undergrad and NYU grad, where he studied visual art, incorporating installation, performance, music and moving images into his artistic framework.
Terence makes music under the nameTerence Etc. The music draws on influences like Stevie Wonder, Kronos Quartet, Dilla, Leadbelly, and Thelonius Monk. His first feature film, ‘An Oversimplification of Her Beauty’, is an IFP Narrative lab alumnus and premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The album of the same title was released with the film in 2013. The film garnered Terence recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 new faces of independent film. Oversimplification… also won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.”
In addition to his personal work, Terence is also an accomplished music video director having collaborated on short films and music videos with Blitz the Ambassador, Cody ChesnuTT, and Pharoahe Monch to name a few. Terence currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – along with the rest of The Swarm and is currently developing his sophomore feature, THE LOBBYIST.
The artist created’The Triptych’ a profile of artists Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu and Barron Claiborne. AOC/GlamTribale profiled Kenya-born Mutu in January 2014.
Wangechi Mutu - The Triptych