Tate Modern – Phat Free Film Review

a shot from the Phat Free film

Having read other peoples reviews of the Tate modern, I was expecting the art work at this gallery to be highly exceptional, and I must say that expectations were met. Artist ranged from Tacita Dean to David Hammons. Despite there being many works, from a variety of great artists (e.g. picasio), the one piece of art that stood out to me was a video; ‘Phat Free’ by David Hammons.

I initially didn’t understand what the story was behind the video. However, Hammons video captured my eyes because of the use of his living environment (the city) to tell a story and the camera shots – focusing on Hammons kicking the bucket and the blackout at the beginning of the video. After reading what the video was about, it came together. ‘Phat Free’ is about “representing the complexities of black experience and race relations in America”. That is why Hammons is dressed in black and “kicking the bucket” – a slang term used to represent death – on a “near deserted street”.


By Jonelle Williams

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