The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) in partnership with the NYU Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora (CSAAD) and Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS), present the screening of Bravado Magenta, a performative documentary directed by interdisciplinary artist and musician, Bocafloja. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker. This event is free and open to the public.
About the Documentary
Bravado Magenta is an exposé on the intersection of coloniality and patriarchy. A performative documentary which critically analyzes racialized masculinities through self-cartography and storytelling. Written and Directed by multidisciplinary artist and scholar Bocafloja (Nana Dijo, 2016, Dir.), Cinematographed by Cambiowashere and Juan L. Azpiri, Bravado Magenta engages in a relevant discussion on gender, sexuality and global south studies. With testimonials from Devyn Springer, Zoé Samudzi, Fabián Villegas, Njoki wa Ngugi, Rodolfo Rensoli, Zahira Kelly amongst others, Bravado Magenta manifests itself as a deep journey into corpo-politics. Visual poetry, non-linear narratives and provocative film aesthetics illustrate the constitution of Bravado Magenta as a theatrical exercise of self-representation, challenging traditional schemes of documentary filmmaking.
About the Artist
Bocafloja is an Interdisciplinary artist based in New York; Documentary Filmmaking, Music, Literature, Photography, Design, Theater and Video art are some of his mediums of creation. Corpo-politics, Racialized Epistemologies, Global South, Decoloniality, Self-Cartography, and the African Diaspora in Latin America are fundamental topics addressed in his body of work.
Bocafloja has been featured in: OKAYAFRICA, AFROPUNK, BBC, NPR, LA JORNADA, ONCE TV, REMEZCLA, MTV Iggy, NACLA, CULTURESTRIKE, and many other newspapers, magazines and media outlets globally.
Some of Bocafoja’s distinguished performances and academic presentations include: Casa de las Américas (Cuba), Casa de América (Spain), The Schomburg Center (U.S), EID Festival (UK), Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Brazil), Matadero (Spain), Lincoln Center (U.S), The John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts (US), Feria Internacional del Libro (MX) and an innumerable list of Universities, Colleges, Cultural Centers and venues in over 35 countries.
Bocafloja's Music and Spoken Word performances can be summarized as Soulful music, Black & Brown vernacular, intellectual stimulation meets the dance floor.
Two published books, three critically acclaimed award winning albums and a vibrant live performance, position Bocafloja as a leading voice that challenges several borders constructed by hegemonic cultural industries, sharing an empowering experience for multi-generational audiences internationally.