Robert Banks
b. 1966

Robert Banks, who lives in Cleveland, has been making experimental work in a variety of styles for almost thirty years. His MPG: Motion Picture Genocide (1997, revised 2002) uses handmade techniques to critique the vast history of screen violence inflicted upon African American bodies. An opening image of a hand-painted, yolk-colored circle gives way to more painted frames of purple and cerulean. Banks tells audiences unfamiliar with his cinematic abstractions to “just think about it as graffiti that moves.”36 Toggling between the painted …

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Motion Picture Genocide (1997, revised 2002)