Christopher Harris

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Cinematic Arts
University of Iowa

Christopher Harris, Associate Professor, Head of Film & Video Production, is a filmmaker whose films and video installations read African American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema. His work employs manually and photo-chemically altered appropriated moving images, staged re-enactments of archival artifacts and interrogations of documentary conventions. His current project is a series of optically-printed 16mm experimental films in conversation with canonical works of African-American literature.

His international solo exhibitions include screenings at Images Festival (Toronto), the Essay Film Festival(London), Encontro de Cinema Negro (Rio de Janeiro), the Brakhage Center Symposium (Boulder), the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago) and the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus); two-person screenings at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, D.C.) and UnionDocs (Brooklyn); group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Artists' Film Biennial at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the VIENNALE-Vienna International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, among many others. 

Harris was a featured artist at the 2018 Flaherty Seminar and is the recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital grantand a 2017 Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship.