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Past Event

SAM Talks: Howard L. GATO Mitchell

Apr 8 2023

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

2 PM – 3 PM

Join us for a screening of Portland-based artist and filmmaker Howard L. GATO Mitchell's film Forgive Us Our Debts, followed by a special Q&A with the artist.

In his films, GATO depicts what we cannot see, interweaving the tangible and intangible to reveal "the fire beneath the ice of humanity."

Forgive Us Our Debts tells the fictional story of a terrified 13-year-old Black boy, Trey, who lives with his family in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. He hides foreclosure notices from his family, only to have his worst fears realized. The events within Trey’s home are rendered with intimacy and atmospheric effects that are dramatically punctuated by outside interferences: letters, a phone call, a knock on the door. While the much-reported displacement of families through gentrification reflects larger economic and political pressures affecting people across the United States, especially communities of color, GATO reminds us that each case is an existential and deeply personal story.

This event is free and open to the public.
Installation view of Howard L. Gato Mitchell: Forgive Us Our Debts, 2023, photo: Alborz Kamalizad

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