These times call for reinvention and finding creative new ways to address our given circumstances. For many of us our reality has shifted to a new existence that at first may have felt like being trapped in a tragic dystopian movie. However, once the reality sets in and we begin to adapt and even overcome these conditions we move out of the darkness that once overtook our world.
These photographs and videos pay homage to Film Noir. This genre first evolved out of economic necessity following World War II as low to modestly budgeted film projects. The result of working with minimal equipment and resources led to creative experimentation then and now.
About the Juror
George Jenne was born in Richmond, VA. His films and videos are experimental narratives, marked by a convergence of literary and cinematic languages. George has a BFA in Film/Animation/Video, from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Studio Art from UNC Chapel Hill. He has attended numerous residencies including, The MacDowell Colony, Art Omi, and the Fine Arts Work Center, where he was a fellow, twice. George was also short listed for the Creative Capital Grant. He has exhibited his films and videos at Exit Art, Jack The Pelican Presents, PS122, The Nasher Museum at Duke University, and The Speed Museum in Louisville, KY, to name a few. He is represented by Freight + Volume in New York. He lives and works in Chapel Hill, NC where he is currently director of Lump Projects, a non-profit gallery in Raleigh, that operates through a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Adam Bellefeuil was born in suburban Detroit. For more than fifteen years he has worked as a video games designer. Through photography, he’s concerned with making quiet discoveries about the places we live. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I’Nasah Crockett is a writer, blogger, performer, and cultural worker who focuses on Black cultural production and Black radical traditions. Through analog and digital photography, Crockett traces African American cultural and vernacular landscapes, and outlines the submerged histories of Southern geographies.
Shooting at night has been a big part of Jimmy Fountain's work for almost 20 years. In April of 2020, Fountain arrived back in Chapel Hill, NC from New York City, NY and was struck by the contrast of of the two when being outside.
Tama Hochbaum is an artist/photographer living in Chapel Hill, NC. Hochbaum is interested in making work about the passage of time as a printmaker, then as a painter, and now was an artist with a camera.
Lindsay Metivier has created a phantasmagoric series of photographs that she took during the wee hours of the morning, when most humans are pleasantly absent and deer emerge to track across their claimed territory, commonly referred to as “home range.”
JP Jermaine Powell
JP Jermaine Powell's paintings explore the complexities of human relationships, materialism, and consumerism. His work has aided in uniting diverse communities of people who were once disconnected by unfortunate economic and/or social circumstances.
Xiaowei Wu and Shao Yixuan
Xiaowei Wu and sound and visual artist Shao Yixuan have collaborated on a multichannel video with sound exploring perceptions of quantities and scales, and of human beings, among all discrete objects in their multiplicities.