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Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask + Q&A at the ICA

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Time 18:45
Date 30/06/18
Price £12
  • Price £12 full price, £9 concessions, £1-£8 members.
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Recently restored by the British Film Institute comes Isaac Julien and Mark Nash's biographical portrait of the influential psychologist, philosopher, writer and revolutionary Frantz Fanon.

Artist Isaac Julien and curator Mark Nash present their film collaboration Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996), named after Fanon's book Black Skin, White Masks (1952) about the psychological effects of colonialism. With this film, Julien and Nash interpret ‘masks’ in the singular, reflecting upon Fanon’s critical theories and personal experience in Martinique that formed the basis for his writing. Fact and fiction are mixed in a complex web of stylistic approaches and narrative devices, with historical re-enactments played by actor Colin Salmon.

Additional archival footage and photographs, presented alongside interviews with theorists Homi K. Bhabha and the late Stuart Hall, embody Fanon’s principles and their continued significance to post-colonial discourse today. Originally conceived for television, Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask was revised and expanded to critical acclaim. The British Film Institute’s digital restoration from the original 16mm negatives enable this pioneering work to reach new audiences and re-join contemporary discourse 20 years after its initial release.

Following the screening, Isaac Julien, Mark Nash and Becky Hall discuss the film and reflect upon Frantz Fanon’s influence on contemporary postcolonial discourse.

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