30 Americans: Kalup Linzy

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16 Days to 30 Americans

(born 1977)

Classic daytime TV soap operas such as All My Children and The Days of Our Lives have fueled many of Kalup Linzy’s hilarious video vignettes. He lampoons the stilted acting performances and risible plots while subversively delivering pointed commentaries about race, class, and sexual identity. Perhaps part of the appeal of Linzy’s videos is the way he flips the casting script. Soap operas have long been popular in the African American community, but the actors are mostly white. Oftentimes, Linzy even provides the voiceovers for all of the characters and does the post-production editing, taking the absurdity of TV soap operas to an even more outlandish level. Last year, Linzy made his way as a performer on a bona fide soap opera classic, General Hospital.

Learn more about the 30 Americans exhibition at http://arkansasartscenter.org/30-Americans.

To view Linzy’s work visit http://www.kaluplinzystudio.com/.

Kalup Linzy

photo: Milwaukee Art Museum, http://mam.org/

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