the ancestors came (2017)

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the ancestors came (2017), tate modern commission
digital, colour, 6.00 mins

‘the ancestors came’ explores the life and legacy of prolific artist faith ringgold, in a cinematic style that pays homage to the artist’s body of work by reimagining aspects of black folk tales, children’s stories and myths.

“where is she from?”
“bronzeville, i think.”
“is that what they are made of?”
“yep.”
“no, she said she’s from harlem.”
“what are they made of there?”

the ancestors came was commissioned by tate modern as part the 2018 soul of a nation exhibition in london.