As part of the In formation programme Frank B. Wilderson III screens his 2005 film Reparations...Now, a critical documentary that captures the terror of unnamable loss shouldered by 21st century descendants of slaves. Following on from Dr Wilderson's lecture on 9 August—and wider discussions around the sharing of resources and practical actions against economic disparity that are given voice across the In formation platform—the screening is followed by an open debate about the concept of reparations, both in the USA and the UK.
ICA Learning Associates sorryyoufeeluncomfortable employ Wilderson's film to catalyse a critical dialogue that challenges prevailing colonial paradigms and examines the struggle with the post-enlightenment project.
Frank B. Wilderson III is a professor in the Department of African American Studies at UC Irvine and Director of the Culture & Theory PhD Program. He spent five and a half years in South Africa, where he held elected office in the African National Congress during the apartheid era and worked for Umkhonto We Sizwe. His books include Incognegro: a Memoir of Exile and Apartheid and Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms. Dr. Wilderson is also a creative writer, and has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, The Maya Angelou Award, The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award, The Judith Stronach Award for Poetry, and The American Book Award.
Sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (SYFU) is a collective of artists, writers and filmmakers who together investigate society's many inequalities through events, conversations, critical writing and exhibitions. Since 2016, SYFU have undertaken regular activities as Learning Associates at the ICA, organizing public and private events.