Charles A. Sessoms at Artisphere Sunday, March 2

Local filmmaker and photographer Charles A. Sessoms has viewers consider the intersection of race and culture in his new films Samsara Noire and Mask. His installation at Artisphere relies on symbolism and theme. In Samsara Noire, a man with his face wrapped in bandages stares into the camera, sadly shaking his head as a ghoulish laugh track plays in the background; the public shaming he experiences is understood without words. Mask features a floating white facial covering surrounded by words like “skin,” “face,” “name,” and “unreliable,” casting light on the absurdity of certain assumptions. Whispered gibberish dialogue and shadowed angles lend the films a spooky vibe, but the questions of cultural identity and understanding rattle the viewer just as seriously. The exhibition is on view Wednesdays to Fridays 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays noon to 11 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 875-1100.

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