Single-channel 2: Melodrama

Kalup Linzy / Keys To Our Heart

MAY 6 – JULY 31, 2011

Kalup Linzy’s Keys To Our Heart (2008), is inspired by the history of black filmmaking, “race movies,” 1940s musicals starring Lena Horne, and the Hollywood 1950s melodramas of the Danish-German director Douglas Sirk. Like most of Linzy’s work, Keys To Our Heart is both tender and outrageous, focusing on failed relationships and emotional vulnerability, a frequent subject of his work. The central character of Keys To Our Heart is a jaded, middle-aged woman named Lily (played by Linzy) that dispenses advice on love and relationships to three individuals in the midst of a love triangle. Without giving too much away, Keys To Our Heart uses all of the conventions and trappings of a classic American camp melodrama to cleverly and humorously deliver Linzy’s message on love, tolerance, ambition and loyalty.

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Kalup Linzy (American, born 1977)
Keys To Our Heart, 2008
DVD, 24 minutes
Courtesy of the artist

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