Juxtaposing home movies from each of two artists’ families—one African American and one Jewish American—this video focuses on the intersections of middle-class life across ethnic lines.
In the collaborative video a small world…, artists Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin juxtapose home movies of their families—one African American and one Jewish American—to explore the intersections of middle-class life across racial lines. Originally recorded in silent super-8 film, the video shows the artists as children growing up in New York and Los Angeles in the 1970s. Typical family events and holidays—birthdays, Hanukkah, Christmas, barbecues, family trips to Disneyland, playtime in the backyard—are shown simultaneously, drawing attention to similarities of class while recognizing differences of ethnicity.
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