afropunk pictures presents the triptych @ the philadelphia museum of art on june 12

May 22, 2013

On MAY 24th @ BROOKLYN MUSEUM, Afro-punk pictures presents The Triptych, in association with Weeksville Heritage Center. This short-film series (Dir. Terence Nance, Dir. of Photography Shawn Peters, Co-Dir. Barron Claiborne) highlights the work of artists Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu, and Barron Claiborne. Live music and a Q&A with the artists will follow the screening. This event is supported by Heineken.

The Triptych is a unique and profound documentary series profiling some of the most outspoken visual artists of our time. Produced by Afro-punk pictures, the documentary is itself a work of art, featuring three intimate 20-minute conversations with three bold and culturally resonant voices in art. Each monologue is a reflection of their life experience, letting the viewer discover how their observations have shaped the art they create.

The first in the series features Sanford Biggers, Barron Claiborne and Wangechi Mutu – contemporaries, luminaries and friends. Spanning the artistic gamut from interdisciplinary to photography and performance, their keen reflections on the world are at once startling and insightful.

Co-visionary, Barron Claiborne joins nascent director Terence Nance whose new film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered at Sundance 2012. Terrence makes art as a means of creating culture.

As a purveyor of the Black experience, Afro-punk is dedicated to supporting and disseminating the work of visual artists that are prevalent in our society.


• 6pm Heineken Hour
• 7-8pm Screening
8-11PM After-party open to screening non-attendees
• 8-9pm Post-screening Q&A
(screening attendees only)
• 9-11pmMusic: Special Guest DJ

Space is limited, advance nonrefundable ticket purchasing & seat reservation recommended via Brooklyn Museum members free: (718) 501-6326 for reservations.

Sanford Biggers

As an observer, commenter, teacher and absurdist critic, Biggers finds the common threads in usage and re-casts them in the arena of the public consciousness. His work takes imagery from Vodoun, Buddhism, and classic staples of early 20th century Americana, and uses their often unconscious association with romanticized pasts or the notion of the primitive other in juxtaposition to modern African-American culture’s changing definition of self and its evolving presence in the American political arena.


Wangechi Mutu

Kenyan-born artist currently residing and working in Brooklyn, NY. While overtly addressing themes of culture, mass media imagery and gender, Mutu’s work creatively unpacks far weightier subjects and their myriad manifestations, including colonialism’s persistent and violent legacy, the complexities of gendered identity and the roles of social complicity and unconscious assumption.


Barron Claiborne
His large-format photography evokes portraiture from another place and time, even as it deftly captures his subjects with a wholly modern lens on their inner lives. Texture, tone and costume are utilized to evoke the timelessness of the human emotions we glimpse in his subjects’ faces and bodies. He frequently explores the male gaze in relation to women of color, creating multiple dialogues about internal versus external sexual and racial identities. He is currently creating a documentary about his hometown of Boston, MA.