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Tony Cokes

Born in 1956, Richmond, United States

Lives and works in Providence, United States


Fusing social and political commentary with cultural theory, Tony Cokes creates films, or video essays, that incorporate colour theory, music, sound and found texts quoted by various voices. The quotes from Malcolm X to David Bowie are shown against solid colourful backgrounds, accompanied by sound. A former DJ, Cokes is interested in resonances in pop culture and media that echo the past through the present lens. Addressing the representation of Blackness in film, television and advertising, th...Read more