This evening at the ICA, Jenn Nkiru invited us to step inside her mind. Her cinematic short Rebirth is Necessary explores the magic and dynamism of Blackness past, present and future. A hypnotic cut up pulling together diverse strands of experience into an audio-visual feast.
Nkiru says, “I had so many images, texts, sounds I was collecting and taking in privately in my quiet space, constantly like food. It was food for me in fact. I was musing on the idea of Black universality and a centralisation of Blackness: the possibility of being able to focus on rarely seen aspects of Black life and experiences and it still be full of humanity and universally felt by all. Creating this piece felt like therapy. It’s where I got to reconcile my worlds: the material and the spiritual, the human and divine. It’s jazz, its Black magic in motion. I hope it can be a source of inspiration, affirmation and therapy to others as it has been to me — especially the Black diaspora.”
Rebirth is Necessary is an invocation to use imagination to create a new and better place, and art is the medium.