Tunde Olaniran has found their voice by sharing the stories and experiences of growing up in Flint, Michigan.
Their latest project is their most ambitious yet — a love letter to Flint that features new music from Olaniran, a short film, an exhibit and selections from the Mott-Warsh collection in Flint, which is one of the largest contemporary collections of Black art in the country.
“Living through the Flint water crisis was a big inspiration for this film.” — Tunde Olaniran, artist
It’s called “Made A Universe” and it’s on display now through Sept. 25 at the Cranbrook Art Museum, which commissioned the short film from Olaniran.
With the narrative arc of a hero’s journey, this contemporary horror film takes its inspiration from archetypes like those found in storylines from The New Mutants, an X-Men spin-off comic book series.
Film still courtesy of Tunde Olaniran
Listen: Tunde Olaniran talks about their new exhibit and short film “Made A Universe”