Jamika Ajalon is a filmmaker, performance artist and musician. In her works, she reshapes conventional film traditions to reflect upon art and culture. Her creative film work encompasses documentary productions such as "Intro to Cultural skit-zo-frenia" and experimental installations including "Transnarrative(s)", "Black Milk", and "Locations of the M/othership". She produced and directed "Interpretive Poetry Videos" for Channel 4 in London and in 2009 completed a documentary about the European/African art exhibit "Prêt-à-Parteger". Jamika lives and works in London, England and Angers, France.
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An Intro to Cultural Skit-zo-frenia
1993, 10 min., Color, US
An experimental documentary exploring the lives, views of people who don't fit or who live outside the definitions regulating race ("i.e. black enough"), gender, or sexuality....
2009, 28 min., Color, Germany/Senegal
Documents an art workshop held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2008, where artists from Africa and Europe explore issues surrounding fashion, sport and diasporic art and identities. The artists collaborate with each other and locals to create work which is built on cultural exchange, dismantling antiquated fr...
Locations of the M/othership: Black Women as Fugitive Archetype of Resistance
2009, 20 min., Color/BW, UK/US
A live audio/visual installation using images of subversive and legendary Black women and excerpts from sci-fi films and TV series. Ajalon explores the intersection of Black women’s representations and subjective identities as simultaneously a site of both resistance and possible futures. The trick ...
1996, 12 min., UK
A woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown follows the afroed spirit of a revolutionary past through London's streets: Brixton and Portobello. I used the camera as the means for reflexive analysis of black female subjectivity and performances of resistance in urban spaces, specifically within the c...
1994, 12 min., Color
SHADES explores the issues around dark and light skin in the African American community. Drawing on erotic imagery and the relation between a light skinned woman and a darker skinned Lesbian, this video questions what exactly is meant by "Black enough"....