Black Like Him
Black like Him
2 channel HD-video
5.1 surround sound
“He made me in His image, He made me Black like Him.”
Black Like Him is the final part of the Black Madonna Series and centers around a mass in a Black church downtown Detroit. It is a large, two-channel video installation that brings together all the aspects of the Church, the music and the life of the people in the Black Nation.
It is a journey through a contemporary discussion on race, politics and religion. When Bishop Kimathi draws a picture of how life unfolds for young Black people, everything from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the Israelite flight from Egypt is there. We are travelling through history in the streets of Detroit to the music from a real Motown choir.
Black like Him was first shown at Brändström & Stene Gallery in Stockholm 2007, as part of the exhibition “History Does Not Matter.”
HD footage: Mats Hjelm & Annika Busch
Editing & production: Mats Hjelm
Sound: Claes Herrlander & Jesper Johansson
Assistant editor: Annika Busch
Participant: Jaramogi Melenik Kimathi, Holy Patriarch of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church.