Kehinde Wiley MFA ’01, the official portraitist of former president Barack Obama, fills the London National Gallery’s Sunley Room with five paintings and a six-channel digital film. For his film, Prelude, Kehinde “cast” a group of black Londoners whom he met in Soho, taking them to the north of Norway. Shooting began just as the Covid-19 pandemic struck. The film is largely improvised, and Wiley has his cast walking, running and trudging through snow, surrounded by picturesque fjords and lowering mountains.
Read more about the exhibition at this Guardian article.