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Stephen Isaac-Wilson

Stephen Isaac-Wilson

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    Day Dream for Queer British Art Exhibition 2017, Tate Britain

    Directed by Stephen Isaac-Wilson, Day Dream features artist and founder of club night Body Party Kareem Reid. Filmed on the first weekend of Spring, the short poetically explores issues of queer loneliness, male vulnerability, and platonic intimacy. Despite an improvement of the LGBT community’s rights and media representation over the years, queer people still disproportionately suffer from loneliness and social isolation.
    Now reaching his mid-twenties, Kareem discusses the difficulties of navigating the world as a queer black body. In the comfort of his bedroom, he allows himself to vulnerable, and he talks growing pains, being inspired by the underground queer scene in New York and feeling constantly misunderstood.
    Queer British Art is on at Tate Britain until 1st October
    Stephen felt that he needed to tell a story about queer people that wasn't nightlife base -- something that wasn't in a club, talking about safe spaces. The result is Day Dream -- a beautiful, ethereal film profiling Kareem Reid, a writer and artist interested in black culture and the arts, as well as being the founder of iconic club night Body Party. Featuring Kareem made total sense for Stephen; "He was the perfect prism for a number of personal reasons. Being someone who I also met at nighttime, he worked perfectly in context of the film's wider premise." This was a story Kareem wanted to tell too -- "I think lots of queer men find it very difficult to be vulnerable with each other… I hope that after watching the film they take, or they find, associate strength and power with vulnerability."

    See full i-D article here.

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