Billy Gerard Frank

Billy Gerard Frank

 

BIO . PERSONAL STATEMENT
Billy Gerard Frank, born in Grenada, West Indies, is a Multi-Media Artist, Filmmaker, Production Designer, and founder of the Nova Frontier Film Festival & Lab, showcasing and incubating the works of filmmakers and artists from and about the Global African Diaspora, The Middle East, Latin America. He is also a Lecturer in Directing and Design in the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale.
Frank’s research-based practices mine and address issues of migration, race, and global politics, relating to gender, minority status, and post-colonial subjects, challenging normative discourses around them. He moved to London as a teenager, where he began painting and exploring experimental video art and installation before moving to Brooklyn, New York where he is now base. His mix-media artworks and films have been exhibited and screened in group and solo shows in museums and institutions like Brooklyn Museum (2020); Yale, and international film festivals like the Berlinale, Sundance, among others.
He represented Grenada at The 58th La Biennale di Venezia 2019 and has the honor of being one of the artists in the collective representing Grenada in the 2022 La Biennale once again.

PROJECTS
Mr. Frank’s body of works in the (2019) Venice Biennale Second Eulogy:Mind The Gap and was critically received in Venice, Art News Editor-In-Chief Sarah Douglas called it an “incredible film” and the lead actor “terrific.” It has since exhibited at institutions like the Brooklyn Museum (2020); Martos Gallery, curated by Ebony L Haynes; Yale, NYU, currently on view at the Hong-gah Museum, and other traveling exhibitions lined up.
His new project for the (2022) Venice Biennale is called Palimpsest: Tales Spun From Sea And Memories ( film installation, sculptures, mix-media art), explores fragments of Ottobah Cugoano’s life, who was one of the most political figures and voices in the abolitionist movement in England towards the end of the18th century, whose life ended in obscurity. Cugoano wrote the most radical abolitionist text and book of its time Thoughts And Sentiments On The Evils of Slavery, Humbly Submitted to the Inhabitants of Great-Britain, and the first African to demand the total abolition of the slave trade. He was also one of the first Afro-Brit to have written a text in English while employed as a servant for the Royalist Artist, Richard Cosway, and his wife Maria Cosway, introduced to all the pageantries, of class, race, and power in 18th Century England. The work will be produced by Lauren Beck (Manchester By The Sea, Suspiria by Luca Guadagnino, etc) , Music and sound installation by James William Blades (Beyonce, Black is King and Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap.).