Jefferson Pinder, a Washington D.C. based artist, currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Pinder seeks to find black identity through his experimental videos and feature films that reference music, videos, and musical theater.
This installation is based upon W.E.B. Du Bois' 1913 pageant "Star of Ethiopia," which documents the 10,000 year history of the black race. In this stylized interpretation of Du Bois' pageant, Jefferson Pinder re-stages/ re-imagines an early iconic moment in the pageant focusing on the character of the "Veiled Woman" --a symbol of black womanhood. His use of 8-mm film transferred to video imbues the film with an aura of age as if set in the past.