Greg de Cuir Jr
Independent curator and writer Greg de Cuir Jr organizes the screening series Avant-Noir, which presents contemporary film and video work by artists concerned with visual representations of black culture in its various complex forms. First shown in three successive volumes at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the series has since been hosted at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Kino Tuškanac in Zagreb and IU Cinema in Bloomington, Indiana. In 2018 de Cuir Jr was guest curator of the thematic section Black Material at the festival Experiments in Cinema in Albuquerque, New Mexico, bringing together the work of artists and film scholars who have explored Black moving image culture in alternative contexts. De Cuir is currently preparing the Black Material anthology for publication, writing a monograph on the Avant-Noir series and developing Avant-Noir Expanded, a multi-disciplinary gallery exhibition. He has organised programs for National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Flaherty Film Seminar in New York, Los Angeles Filmforum, National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, and many other institutions. His writing has been published in Cineaste, Millennium Film Journal, Jump Cut, and more. An expanded second edition of his monograph Yugoslav Black Wave is forthcoming. De Cuir recently marked ten years as selector for the festival Alternative Film Video in Belgrade, where he lives and works.