7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
18th February, 2015
Two of Phillip Warnell’s films, Outlandish and Ming of Harlem were screened at Tate Modern on Wednesday February 18th at 6.30pm.
Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air is an only-in-New-York account of Ming, Al, and Antoine Yates, who cohabited in a high-rise social housing apartment at Drew-Hamilton complex in Harlem for several years until 2003, when news of their dwelling caused a public outcry and collective outpouring of disbelief. On the discovery that Ming was a 500-pound pound Tiger and Al a seven-foot alligator, their story took on an astonishing dimension.
The film frames Yates’s recollections with a poetic study of Ming and Al, the predators’ presence combined with a text by philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, reimagining the circumstances of the wild inside, animal names, strange territories, and human-animal relations.
Ming of Harlem was awarded the Prix Georges de Beauregard International Jury Prize at FID Marseille, 2014.
For more details see the Tate’s website
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