“Everything is political,” says artist Kehinde Wiley in this short film selected as best documentary short at the recent SXSW 2014 Awards. “If I was to paint a bowl of fruit, I would be a young black American male painting a bowl of fruit.”
Wiley is well known for his heroic portraits of African-American males painted with striking realism in a classical style. This short piece by director Jeff Dupre follows him as he branches out to depict women for the first time.
The result is a powerful depiction of black femininity in its many forms. As one of his associates in the movie says, “If you’re rolling with Kehinde, be prepared.”