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Field Niggas review – Hallucinatory Portrait of New York Street Life

Field Niggas review – Hallucinatory Portrait of New York Street Life

Khalik Allah, Field Niggas, New York Street Life, New York Homesless, Drug Addiction, Documentary, African American Photography, KOLUMN Magazine
[three_fourth padding=”0 15px 0 0px”]Field Niggas Review – Hallucinatory Portrait of New York Street Life


Both gorgeous and achingly sad, this nocturnal creep into African American disenfranchisement refuses to judge its subjects, many addicted to cannabinoid K2

You should be in Chelsea or LES – people down there love stuff like, ‘Oh my God, these black people and drugs!’”

This observation, just one of the countless remarks that wash in from unnamed individuals throughout the experimental documentary Field Niggas, is one of the few to comment on any intended audience. The arresting title harkens back to Malcolm X’s Message to the Grassroots that delineated, in his eyes, two types of slaves. In Malcolm X’s view, to be labelled as one of the masses was hardly an insult: indeed, it suggested a readiness to revolt.

Khalik Allah (b.1985) is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker whose work has been described as “street opera” simultaneously visceral, hauntingly beautiful and penetrative.

Khalik’s passion for photography was sparked when he began photographing members of the Wu-Tang Clan with a camera he borrowed from his dad.

Real and raw, his profoundly personal work goes beyond street photography. His eye for daring portraiture and bold aesthetics takes us into an entire world.

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Khalik Allah’s nocturnal creep into the depths of (predominantly) African American disenfranchisement is a little less clear, politically. This movie is foremost an ethnographic exercise, and whether it is a rallying cry or poverty porn is for the viewer to decide.

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