Image: Elissa Blount Moorhead And Bradford Young. Back and Song (video still). 2019. Courtesy of the artists.

Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young: Back and Song

Artists in Conversation 

Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young in Conversation with Arthur Jafa

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