November First Friday


Signaling the over-policing, analyzation, and commodification of the Black body and Black experience, this still from Tuko Sasa depicts the reality of the microscope Black people operate underneath throughout the diaspora.

reflect / project is pleased to present the November exhibition from St. Louis artist Câmi Thomas.

Thomas’s work Tuko Sasa will be projected in M-AAA’s storefront gallery starting November 6 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. and occurring every day through December 3. The work will also be available for viewing online, with supplementary work from artists Bino and Maleeha Samer, selected by Thomas.

Tuko Sasa, which translates to “We are Now” from Swahili, is a short experimental film by St. Louis–based artist Câmi Thomas. Though much of Thomas’s earlier work took the form of documentaries and digital collages, Tuko Sasa signals a shift towards open-ended, non-linear filmmaking. Alternately whimsical, enigmatic, and pregnant with meaning, Tuko Sasa is the artist’s expression of the Black experience across the diaspora.

Tuko Sasa will be streaming and also projected on a loop at M-AAA from 7:00–9:00 p.m. starting on November 6, continuing every day until December 3. Visitors can engage the work with socially distanced viewing at any time during these hours, enjoying the films from the sidewalk, street, or parking lot in front of Mid-America Arts Alliance at 2018 Baltimore Ave in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District.