Bonnefanten Pop-up Museum

Kahlil Joseph / BLKNWS

For the first time ever, the Bonnefanten will be organizing a pop-up museum at Cultura Nova. Kahlil Joseph’s impressive video installation BLKNWS will be on display in a special exhibition pavilion. BLKNWS (black news) consists of two flat screens placed side by side, mounted on a background in the form of a photo wallpaper. The screens alternately show fragments from the media and social media, music videos, archive material, newly shot images, and news items produced by the artist himself. In doing so, Kahlil Joseph creates a ‘news broadcast’ in which the boundaries between art, journalism, entrepreneurship, and cultural criticism become blurred; it is a critical analysis of how racial issues and storytelling collide with information systems. 

In contrast to what the mainstream news channels usually present, BLKNWS – which received high praise at the 2019 Venice Biennale – shows almost exclusively current and historical images about black culture. The work reveals a touching, funny, and ambitious vision of what the media landscape would be like if it were not so white and biased, but more creative and, above all, more representative. 

Each edition of BLKNWS has a permanent, online connection to the artist’s studio, allowing for new content to be continuously received in real-time, creating an endlessly growing ‘news broadcast’ unique to each location where the work is displayed. 

US artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph is best known for his ground-breaking music videos for musicians such as Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, and Beyoncé. Since 2015, he has also made a name for himself with his large-scale video installations at the interface between film, visual art, fashion, and music.