she's not gonna get more dead

ariella tai

2018, 06:20 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 2109.02

she’s not gonna get more dead opens with footage from the BET show Being Mary Jane and selects excerpts of Black women vampires–Sanaa Lathan in Blade, Angela Bassett in A Vampire in Brooklyn, Michele Kelly as Alonna Gunn in the TV series Angel and finally, Aaliyah in Queen of the Damned–to meditate on what makes someone–and what it might look like to be–more than dead. tai is especially interested in thinking of death and dying as axes on timelines of traumatic experience, and creating new narratives where these women are able to achieve release and relief. How do we talk about the things we’re not supposed to? What happens when we see what is deliberately hidden? Who do we fail when we are messy, irreverent and bitter? How do we handle, process and heal from the pain we’re expected to bear with grace?

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