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RaMell Ross’ Easter Snap (2019) is a short and intimate documentary of five men preparing a pig to be barbecued in celebration of Easter. Talking, working, passing over the animal and materials, neither acknowledging nor denying the camera Easter Snap is a study in a mode of embedded vision, culture, and American symbolism. 

The second of Ross’ films, following his Oscar nominated and Sundance award-winning Hale County, This Morning This Evening (2018), that documents the lives of the community in Hale County, Alabama; where Ross has worked and lived for several years. Easter Snap furthers Ross’ position as a unique and significant voice in new independent American film. 

Following the screening Ross will be in conversation with Dr Stephanie Schwartz, discussing both his film and photography, and the racialised history and present of American documentary practices. 

Easter Snap, RaMell Ross, 2019, digital video, 13:00 minutes 517977/easter-snap-ramell- ross-premiere/

We will watch Easter Snap together via a link shared in the MS Teams chat during the event, but please follow the above link to Hyperallergic if you wish to watch ahead of time. The film’s audio is edited for headphones, and best watched with them.


RaMell Ross is a visual artist, filmmaker, writer, and liberated documentarian. His work has appeared in places like Aperture; Hammer Museum; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery of Art; and Walker Art Center. He has been awarded an Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and is a 2020 USA Artist Fellow. His feature experimental documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening won a Special Jury Award for Creative Vision at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and 2020 Peabody Award. It was nominated for an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards and an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Film. RaMell holds degrees in Sociology and English from Georgetown University and is faculty in Brown University’s Visual Art Department. His work is in various public and private collections.  

Stephanie Schwartz is associate professor in History of Art at University College London. Her writing on photography and film has appeared in October, Oxford Art Journal and ARTMargins. Stephanie is the author of Walker Evans: No Politics (University of Texas Press, 2020). She is the editor of Modernism After Paul Strand, a special issue of the Oxford Art Journal (2015) and the Tate Modern In Focus project on Allan Sekula’s Waiting for Tear Gas (2016). Stephanie recently finished editing a special issue on street photography for the journal Arts, which includes her essay on Martha Rosler’s photomontages and the time of protest. She is currently working on a new project on Allan Sekula’s ‘war work’ for MACK books. Provisionally titled Allan Sekula’s War Prayers and Other Stories, it attends to the centrality of war stories to Sekula’s work, specifically those written by the narrators of America’s Civil War. 


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