Kahlil Joseph

m.A.A.d., 2014

Alternately intimate and epic, Kahlil Joseph’s dual-screen film installation m.A.A.d. brings together a range of source materials to create a prismatic portrait of the people and streets of Compton, a working class and largely African-American neighbourhood in Los Angeles.

Made in response to Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 album good kidm.A.A.d city, Joseph’s work incorporates home videos shot by the singer’s uncle in 1992, with news footage of police violence, and his own footage featuring scenes that veer from everyday life to magical realism and the macabre. For his soundtrack, Joseph remixed alternate takes from Lamar’s recording, distorting and cutting them in ways that augment the unexpected rhythms of his picture editing. With Lamar’s lyrics at times serving to provide pointed bursts of narration, the interplay between image and sound elaborates a complex, original and compelling vision of a contemporary African-American community.

Kahlil Joseph (b. 1981, Seattle) lives and works in Los Angeles.

The Infinite Mix

m.A.A.d. is part of The Infinite Mix exhibition.