Lake of RED
Lake of RED is a poetic audiovisual performance art installation that takes place inside a fragmented, boxed space.
Within the short film, Shamel Pitts (2020 Guggenheim Fellow) deploys his unique style of choreography, inspired by Gaga movement language, and nightlife, whilst exploring a close dialogue with the lights that occupy (and transform) the surroundings.
Pitts orates with lyrical poetry as over-currents dressing this audiovisual work. Lake of RED is a poetic performance lens for projection, reflection and resonance of the artist with the viewer and with himself.
Lake of RED is the first official multidisciplinary art work of TRIBE. Directed by Itai Zwecker and filmed at Refuge Arts in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, the video art is also the first creation of the “RED series” conceived and led by Shamel Pitts.
“As an African American artist and citizen, I feel compelled to share the power of art and dance as a leading example to humanity. I am constantly engaged with James Baldwin’s offering: Art has to be some kind of confession…if you can face and examine your life, you can discover the terms in which you are connected to other lives, and they can discover them, too”.
Pitts researched, developed, and honed Lake Of RED with financial and operational support from Gibney Company and through a grant by Chashama’s Space to Create program 2019.
Lake of RED was officially launched digitally in July 2020.
- Cannes Short Film Festival 2020
- Fifth Wall Fest 2020
- Montreal Independent Film Festival 2020
Conceived, choreographed, and performed by Shamel Pitts
Video Directed By: Itai Zwecker
Second Videographer: Jordan Cowan
Video Content and Video Mapping by: Mauricio Ceppi
Composer: Ricardo Romaneiro
Artistic Collaborator: Mirelle Martins
Location Partner: Sam Black “Refuge Arts”
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