Laura Alston is a Caribbean American multidisciplinary artist who uses traditional and emerging mediums to highlight unsung narratives within the global black community. Focused primarily in photography and film, her work centers race and identity, and engages within themes of autonomy and empathy. Laura’s dedication to such visual storytelling has earned her honors at the Puffin Foundation, and exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Tate Britain, and Columbia University.
Bájúláyé: Ode to Kin is an art film directed by Laura Alston, in conjunction with Somewhere Films, that visualizes the unity of three Nigerian brothers through dance and movement. Using the words of Frantz Fanon and building on the authentic relationship of the brothers, the film illustrates how expressive movement is a practice of liberation; it is an exhale after holding your breath and it is a connective energy that brings others forward.
Directed by Laura Alston
Cinematography & Editing by Anna Dobos
Produced by Susie Peng
Starring Femi, Christian, Emmanuel Bájúláyé
Music by Pvwnbroker and Komiku
Poem by Femi Bájúláyé from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth
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