November 6, 2021, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

"to render the infinite:" Film Screening and Conversation with zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal and Ayana Contreras

Columbia College Chicago
754 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605

Still image from to render infinite. Courtesy of zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal.


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How can we begin to imagine Chicago’s future? Sometimes, turning to the past can provide a clue to the way forward. In collaboration with the Chicago Film Archives, visual artist zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal and composer Ayana Contreras, Chicago Humanities Festival presents to render the infinite, a new film meditating on what’s to come for our city.

Repurposing archival footage from the Chicago Film Archives’s extensive collection, o’neal has created a speculative visual representation, centering Black women’s cultural contributions to Chicago, Black lesbian experiences, and notions of belonging. The film also features a new soundtrack from Contreras. Join the artists for a screening, followed by a conversation with o’neal and Contreras about how the creative process can be turned toward imagining a different Chicago.

This program is presented in collaboration with Chicago Humanities Festival and the Chicago Film Archives.

Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test are required to attend. More information.