Artist Projects

Charleston


Wayne Hodge

Charleston is an experimental remake of Jean Renoir’s obscure 1927 film, Sur un Air de Charleston, for exhibition at galleries and museums. The storyline concerns a devastated Paris in an undefined future, in which traditional colonial narratives are inverted—Europe is seen as a “dark continent,” North Africa as a colonizing force. Like Renoir’s original film, Hodge’s work explores tensions between modernity and primitivism, the Jazz Age and Afro-futuristic science fiction, the character of the minstrel and that of the astronaut.