Kahlil Joseph


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* Soundtrack to Kahlil Joseph’s much loved and highly acclaimed A/V installation “Fly Paper”, commissioned by The Store X Vinyl Factory
* 11 tracks featuring music by Kelsey Lu, Alice Smith, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Niki Randa, Kelan Phil Cohran and Legacy.
* Additional soundscapes and music by James William Blades
* Pressed on 180g purple vinyl
* Gatefold sleeve and inner sleeve full colour with screen print on soft Matt lam finish
* Housed in a bespoke purple screen-printed PVC sleeve
* Design by Osk, Los Angeles.
* Limited to 1000 copies worldwide
* Release Date: 06/12/2018

In his absorbing short films, Kahlil Joseph (b. 1981) conjures the lush and impressionistic quality of dreams with particular reverence for quotidian moments and intimate scenes. Fly Paper (2017) is a film that departs from Joseph’s admiration of the work of Roy DeCarava (1919 –2009), a photographer and artist known for his images of celebrated jazz musicians and everyday life in Harlem. Joseph’s film also touches on themes of filiation, influence, and legacy, marking a personal reckoning that intuitively calls upon his connections to the city through his family and in particular, his late father, whom he cared for in Harlem at the end of his life. Fly Paper’s dynamic yet contemplative mood also builds on Joseph’s sense that layers of lived experience and stories are sedimented in the places that have played host to the aspirations and daily lives of countless individuals.

Harlem’s renown as the epicenter of black culture in the US is at the heart of Fly Paper, which builds on an interplay of artistic forms as much as it engages Joseph’s relationship to the accomplished black community who call New York home. Through various references to literature and narration, Fly Paper also probes the ways in which the literary imagination parallels that of film and how the ordinary act of storytelling shapes larger histories and enduring myths. Fly Paper also moves beyond the visible by expanding Joseph’s practice into sound, unfolding a complex acoustic environment throughout which sonic textures and original compositions resonate. As a rich and polyphonic portrait of black art and culture in New York City, Fly Paper invites a meditation on the slippery nature of memory, reverie, and the photographic image.