Film Screening

June 20, 2019, 6:30-7:30 pm

Halcyon Arts Lab fellow Kokayi discusses his work HUBRI$ at the The Phillips as part of Halcyon’s By The People festival.

HUBRI$ is a mixed media portrait on the experience of black masculinity mediated through the lens of the story of Icarus and Daedalus. At its nexus, the work is an amalgamation of themes that directly confront; the prison industrial complex, escapism, recidivism, depression, suicide, death, and reincarnation. The work also examines society’s obsession with mediocrity, relationship to celebrity, an era of shame and the way in which black men are asked to dream.

The story of Icarus and Daedalus can also be used as a metaphor for those that seek refuge from persecution and oppression in their home country. Icarus and Daedalus were captives of King Minos and after deciding to escape imprisonment they were to find refuge in a foreign land. After Icarus's death, Daedalus eventually finds asylum and protection in Sicily under King Cocalus, with Minos pursuing Daedalus after his escape and devising a plan to recapture him or have him deported back to Crete and King Minos.

Museum admission is free in honor of World Refugee Day. See a preview of The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, opening June 22.