Christopher Harris makes films and video installations that read African-American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema. In his work, he appropriates and alters archival films, photographs and audio through a variety of manual and photochemical processes, staged re-enactments and hybrid forms.
Harris holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His screenings include a career retrospective at the Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (Brazil) and solo screenings at the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland), Images Festival (Toronto), True/False Film Fest (Columbia, MO) and the Brakhage Center Symposium (Boulder, CO). He was a featured artist at the 2018 Flaherty Seminar and additional screenings include the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the VIENNALE-Vienna International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, among many others. Harris received the Media City Film Festival’s 2020 Chrysalis Fellowship; a 2019-20 Artist Residency Award from the Wexner Center for the Arts; and is the recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital grant.