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FKA twigs, Headie One, Fred again.. – Don't Judge Me

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With a range of work from high-concept sci-fi to urban wuxia, there seems to be no genre FKA twigs is unable to command. 

Her mastery of movement is unmatched, and this new promo for Don’t Judge Me again demonstrates her ability to fully own her body, image, and narrative on screen. Headie One makes a strong set of appearances, but twigs is always the one we’re waiting to watch again.

In the film, she dances in an opulent, empty room, dressed in streetwear, without any markers of wealth, sensuality, or status. She’s alone, but there’s another force here, holding her back, keeping her in her place, resisting her. 

As she fights against these invisible ties, there’s a second battle going on at Kara Walker’s fountain, Fons Americanus, as prominent figures, including poet and Black Live Matter activist Solomon Ob, model and activist Kukua Williams, musician and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, footballer Mahlon Romeo, and broadcaster Clara Amfo interact with an art piece that actively depicts their trauma, forced diaspora, and genocide.

As a commentary on Black lives, Black art, and Black expression, twigs comes to the fore in a way that is bolder than much of her other work, which is sometimes so focused on the artistry that it cannot move beyond it. Her work in Don’t Judge Me puts that to sleep, creating a work that is political, aggressive, strange, and wonderful. It ends with her right where she started, staring at the doors she has yet to break through. 

The promo was led by Object & Animal’s Emmanuel Adjei, with direction from FKA twigs as well. The piece was supported by FARFETCH, Mathematic, Object & Animal, and Phantasm. 

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