The Movement-Image is an exhibition and performance series curated by Lecturer in Visual Arts Colleen Asper. It unspools the motion picture to situate performance in a continuum with film.

On Filth and Fantasy, a lecture by Leila Weefur.On Filth and Fantasy is a lecture performance merging cinema, embodiment, and the symbiotic nature of beauty and horror in the Black queer experience. Leila Weefur will focus on their video installation work Blackberry Pastorale: Symphony No. 1, which traces Black eco-geographies through the blackberry fruit, connecting Black colloquial language and exotic eroticism.

The Movement-Image is supported through the John Sacret Young ’69 Lecture Series fund.

About Leila Weefur

Artist Leila Weefur

Photo courtesy Leila Weefur

Leila Weefur (He/They/She) is an artist, writer, and independent curator based in Oakland, California. Their interdisciplinary practice, centered around architectural video installation, examines the performative elements connected to systems of belonging present in Black, queer, gender-variant life. The work brings together concepts of sensorial memory, Black eco-geographies, and the erotic. Weefur has worked with local and national institutions including The Kitchen, Locust Projects, The Wattis Institute, McEvoy Foundation, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Museum of the African Diaspora, and Smack Mellon. Weefur is an educator at Stanford University and a member of the curatorial film collective, The Black Aesthetic.



Tickets & Details

The performance is free and open to the public; no tickets required.


Get directions to the James Stewart Film Theater, located on the first floor at 185 Nassau St. on the Princeton University campus.


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  • Program in Visual Arts