Index presents Tonsler Park, a new film by American artist and filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson. Shot on 16mm black-and-white film over the course of the recent American election day, Thursday 8 November 2016, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the film follows the poll workers throughout their day as they carry out the practical tasks that allow citizens to cast a ballot and vote.
This series surveys the last decade’s films by artist Kevin Jerome Everson, paying particular attention to representations of labour and performativity within his practice. Everson’s approach to filmmaking draws in framing techniques from his work in street photography and an emphasis on materiality and process from his work in sculpture. Within this formalist framework, his films seek out the poetics of everyday tasks and gestures of Black working class communities dispersed across the United States.