KIDSUPER: WATCHING TV AS A MINORITY
WATCHING TV AS A MINORITY
August 4th-16th, at 312 Bowery
A refreshing and fun wake-up call to Caucasian people who have never been able to understand what it feels like to be a minority.
Wallplay presents “Watching TV as a Minority” by Colm Dillane, a refreshing and fun wake-up call to Caucasian people who have never been able to understand what it feels like to be a minority. Colm Dillane (aka KidSuper) recreated famous television skits and infomercials with elaborate sets, cast the actors and completed edits in just five days as a challenge to make this video piece in time for a group exhibition called “This is NOT a safe space” at A&E Studios.
In a creative reversal of television’s norms, Dillane cast white actors as the minority, resulting in seven minutes of blunt and relatable communication on an issue that is hard to talk about for some. In “Watching TV as a Minority” Dillane aims to continue an important dialogue about lack of diversity in his own way, through a medium that comes naturally to him: humor.
“Watching TV as a Minority” is not about racism as a political issue, but about race as a construct for revealing and examining where we all stand. It does not seek to address malevolent stereotypes, but rather points aim at the systematic lack of minority representation on TV as a whole, and the assumptions and suggestions that manifest from the generalized absence of color in the media.” – (excerpt from statement featured in “This is NOT a safe space” at A&E Studios)
Born in NYC in 1991, Colm Dillane is the multi-media artist & entertainer behind KidSuper, a hybrid art brand with a storefront and studio in Williamsburg. Under the alias of KidSuper, Dillane prints his sketches onto clothing, creates multi-media lookbooks, directs music videos, produces claymation videos, runs a recording studio, operates a clothing store & has developed an artist residency program, all under one roof. KidSuper’s mission is to remind people that anything is possible. The music video “Mercury Rising” directed and hand-created by Dillane was the recipient of Best Short Film award at the 2016 Harvard Film Festival. Dillane has exhibited his artwork at 33 Orchard Gallery, A&E Studios, Rush Arts Gallery and was featured twice on wallplay’s art billboards on the corner of Delancey & Orchard street. His KidSuper wearable art clothing line has been featured by Vogue, Mass Appeal & Fader, among others.
And that is just the beginning, live life super.
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