Jul 22nd 2022

Paige Taul: 71

@ Chicago Artists Coalition

2130 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612

Opening Friday, July 22nd, from 6PM - 8PM

On view through Thursday, September 1st

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present 71, a solo exhibition by BOLT artist-in-residence, Paige Taul. The exhibition will be on view from July 22-September 1, 2022, with an opening reception on Friday, July 22, from 5-8pm.

71, the most recent work by filmmaker Paige Taul, is about the sensibilities of the black middle class as observed by Jessica Taul and Pamela Patterson, the filmmaker’s mother and aunt, respectively. Taul’s relatives discuss their differing tastes, definitions of class, frogs, and other qualifiers they consider in their evaluation of the space that they live in: a suburban-like outcropping of identical housing units. Through direct quotation and phenomenological relation to Bill Greaves’ seminal film, Still A Brother: Inside the Negro Middle Class (1968), 71 navigates the temporal gaps in conformity and respectability politics between 1968 and 2022.

Image: Paige Taul, Still from “71′, HD video/archival footage, 2022


Paige Taul (b.1996) is an Oakland, CA native who received her BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Cinematography from the University of Virginia and her MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work engages with and challenges assumptions of black cultural expression and notions of belonging through experimental cinematography. As a part of her filmmaking practice she tests the boundaries of identity and self-identification through autoethnography to approach notions of racial authenticity in veins such as religion, style, language, and other black community based experiences.


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