This is the trick
work by Lana Hughes
"My video work combines elements of poetry and science fiction. My films consider depictions of race and gender – particularly depictions of Black women – in popular and digital culture. I'm also interested in the idea of the video screen itself as a physical partition between realities.
In ‘This Is the Trick’, two voices argue about what they believe to be important. Both characters think they know something the other doesn’t. One is preoccupied with trying to understand and categorise qualities like charisma, intelligence and beauty, using examples from popular culture and academia to construct flawed arguments. The other longs for something solid and honest, although this might be just as much of a fantasy. The characters use the space of the video screen to make their case, piecing together found footage, YouTube comments, natural landscapes and home furnishings. "