Flatbush ZOMBiES "Blacktivist" Music Video

Conceived as a reflection on police brutality and selective enforcement.

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Not ones to hold back from speaking their mind, New York’s Flatbush ZOMBiES returns with a rowdy music video dubbed “Blacktivist.” Stinging together clips from various parts of the web with TV news reports, Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick “Arc” Elliott trade bars over a doleful instrumental. Along with ghastly verses about acid trips with the Freemasons, the graphic video even finds the trio dressed as terrorists in a made-up execution setting of Barack Obama. Directed by Mario Pfeifer, the video recently debuted at Ludlow 38, an art space in the Lower East Side of New York City. Check out a description from Ludlow 38 below and share your thoughts with us.

MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 is pleased to present #blacktivist, Mario Pfeifer’s first exhibition in the United States, featuring a new video work produced by the artist and co-directed with Drew Arnold. The 4K video features the new song Blacktivist, written by Erick Arc Elliott, Meechy Darko, and Zombie Juice, who form the Flatbush ZOMBIES, a rap group based in Brooklyn. Conceived as a collaborative project, it reflects on police brutality, selective enforcement, and the right of self-defense. Scenes reminiscent of the aesthetics of conventional music videos come together with found footage, documentary shots, and 3-D animations to form a critical analysis of our times. At its core, #blacktivist asks how violence and repression are negotiated and reappraised in a supposedly post-racial society. The exhibition runs through October 25.

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