film: afropunk presents ‘the triptych’ will appear on public television

January 27, 2015

AFROPUNK PRESENTS THE TRIPTYCH TO AIR FEBRUARY 9TH WITH LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION ON EPISODE TO TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 3RD IN HARLEM. AFROPUNK has announced their participation in the innovative AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series with their episode AFROPUNK presents The Triptych airing February 9th via Public Television. Produced by Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper of AFROPUNK and directed by Terence Nance and Barron Claiborne the film immerses AFROPUNK in the world of fine art. This episode exemplifies that of 3 of today’s most celebrated visual artists: Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu and Barron Claiborne

Biggers, an interdisciplinary artist, is known for his dramatic works fusing film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance, offering new perspectives on established cultural symbols. Wangechi Mutu, an international multimedia artist and sculptor, is perhaps best known for her fantastical collages melding the female form with machine, animal and unexpected parts. Claiborne is a renowned photographer whose works explore the historical, mythological and imaginary; they have been published in outlets such as Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Interview, among others. 
Additionally please join AFROPUNK for a live panel discussion that includes Terence Nance, Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper on the film.  The panel will take place February 3rd at Imagination Raw Space in Harlem from 6:00pm – 8:30pm and will be streaming live from
To find AFROPUNK presents The Triptych on your local listings, please visit our broadcast partners at the WORLD Channel.
Stream here to watch Barron Claiborne 


New York – 8:00PM EST
LA – 10:00PM PAC
Chicago – 7:00PM CEN
DC/Baltimore – 8:00PM EST
Atlanta – 8:00PM EST
San Fran/Oakland – 10:00PM PAC
Philadelphia – 8:00PM EST

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.