BETWEEN BEAUTY & HORROR
Between Beauty & Horror is a video installation exploring the symbiotic nature of beauty and horror. The installation is a diptych, divided into two long corridors on opposite sides of the gallery, separated by a constructed wall with two panes of two-way tempered glass installed. The film’s poetic narrative explores this particular duality as an intrinsic part of the Black experience. It posits abjection, violence, and eroticism as the ingredients that make up the “between” and are considered to be the binding agents of Beauty & Horror. Exploring the eco-geography of Blackness, this diptych focuses on the sensorial and somatic experiences that gives blackness a distinct and inherently racialized materiality. This work looks at Beauty & Horror using the symbology of the blackberry fruit as part of the eco-geography and a metaphor for the Black figure.
KQED Feature, “Leila Weefur Renders Black Experience Dreamlike in ‘Between Beauty & Horror’ By Sarah Hotchkiss