Radiclani Clytus

Radiclani Clytus works at the intersections of new media and nineteenth-century American literature and visual culture. He has written extensively on transatlantic abolitionist imagery and is the editor of two prose compilations by poet Yusef Komunyakaa. His manuscripts “Graphic Slavery: American Abolitionism and the Primacy of the Visual” and “Old Media New Artists: Close Encounters with Black Modernity” respectively examine the ocular-centric roots of antislavery rhetoric and the history of innovation and contingency in black expressive culture. “Committed to the Image,” his most recent essay on master photographer Roy DeCarava, accompanies the photographer’s second edition of the sound saw: improvisation on a jazz theme and is forthcoming from David Zwirner Books. As a documentary filmmaker, Clytus has received commissions from Luhring Augustine, Steinway & Sons, and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission (a division of the US National Park Service). His first film, Looks of a Lot (2014), premiered at the Hirshorn National Museum of Modern Art, and his latest feature Heirs Property is an immersive portrait of three families as they confront the legacy of race, ancestry, and generational land wealth in the South Carolina Low Country. He is the principal of RoundO Films LLC.

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