Ja’Tovia Gary | The Evidence of Things Not Seen

In The Evidence of Things Not Seen, a troubled young artist steps through the looking glass on a quest to reconcile with the trans-generational traumas of her family tree. Blending bold, spirited animation with archival footage of the African-American experience and intimate family interviews, celebrated artist Ja’Tovia Gary invites us on an intrepid journey into the nature of self, interconnectivity—and the spells that must be broken if we're to live truly free.

Ja’Tovia Gary is a filmmaker and visual artist originally from Dallas, Texas, currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She is the recipient of the Sundance Documentary Fund Production Grant and the Jerome Foundation Film and Video Grant. Gary participated in the Terra Foundation of American Art 2016 summer artist fellowship and is the 2017 artist in residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center. Gary’s work is concerned with constructions of power and how historically subjugated beings navigate popular media. She earned her MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work has screened at festivals, cinemas, and institutions worldwide including Frameline LGBTQ Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, The Whitney Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Atlanta Film Festival, the Schomburg Center, MoMa PS1, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, New Orleans Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and elsewhere.