Ray Anthony Barrett: Go Tell It on the Mountain

Film premier in partnership with ICA LA

Ray Anthony Barrett, Go Tell It On The Mountain, 2022. Still. Courtesy of the artist.

For the first in a series of events culminating in Spring 2022, Active Cultures partnered with the ICA LA to premiere the first cut of Ray Anthony Barrett’s experimental film, Go Tell It on the Mountain. The many dimensions of the artist’s artistic practice coalesce in the artist’s first foray into film: a meditation and reflection on his impulse to reclaim agency around food security and survival in the midst of climate catastrophe. The screening was followed by a conversation with Barrett, Essence Harden, Visual Arts Curator and Program Manager at the California African American Museum (CAAM), and Bianca Morán, Active Cultures’ former Curator of Public Programs.

About the Artist

Ray Anthony Barrett
Ray Anthony Barrett is a visual artist and chef, living and working in Los Angeles. For most of his career, his art practice has been concerned with language, its use as a tool to perpetuate power dynamics, and how meaning shifts in relation to images and perspective. Since 2018, Ray’s...
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About the Series

Ray Anthony Barrett: Go Tell It On the Mountain is a commissioned project organized by Active Cultures, which traces the artist and chef’s months-long journey across the varied landscapes of the Western states. Through a multifaceted project—spanning writing, research, film, and cooking—and which unfolds over the course of two years, Ray interrogates the evolution of agricultural and land practices and the impact of dispossession and colonialism on foodways, tracing its roots from white settler colonialism to present day modes of capitalism and overconsumption.


Active Cultures programs are made possible with generous support from the Active Cultures Board of Directors; the Gatherers Annual Fund; the Wilhelm Family Foundation; the California Arts Council; and California Humanities.

Event Details

DATE: April 28, 2022 TIME: 7-9 PM



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