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One Wall a Web (Special edition) / Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

Roma Publication 328 SP

An edition of forty boxed and signed copies of the book, containing three archival pigment prints*, one from each of the three sections of the book, and a postcard of the book’s back cover image (Ground, 2018). Each box is individually numbered.

Book Description
The book gathers together work from two photographic series, Our Present Invention (2012-14) and All My Gone Life (2014-17), as well as two text collages all made in and focused specifically on the United States. Through a mixture of writing, portraiture, landscape and appropriated archival images, the book describes quotidian encounters with fraught desire, uneven freedom, irrational fear and deep structural division, asking whether the historical and contemporary realities of anti-Black and gendered violence—when treated as aberrations—do not in fact serve to veil violence’s essential function in the maintenance of ‘civil’ society.
One Wall a Web traces a chronological path through the production of these two series, the first of which (Our Present Invention) sets out with a particular interest in the entanglement of masculinity with violence. The second series of photographs (All My Gone Life) comprises two chapters, the first of which consists of appropriated archival images which, while often aggressively cheerful or seductive, evidence acts of violence and white supremacy, describing continuities between past and present circumstances. These revenant images enter into dialogue with the final strand of contemporary photographs in the second chapter, which address themselves to the spectral form and the visceral costs of this history in the book’s penultimate section. One Wall a Web concludes with an extensive essay that explores resonances between the field of black studies, questions of black life, and the strange ontology of the photographic image.

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1: W. Baker Street (Our Present Invention)
2: Unknown (All My Gone Life, Vol. 1)
3: Paderewski Drive (All My Gone Life Vol. 2)
Image size: 13.9 x 17.5 cm (5.5" x 6.9")
Paper size: 15.2 x 20.2 cm (6.0" x 8.0")

(more images on www.romapublications.org)

Artist: Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
Year: 2018
Design: Roger Willems
Number of pages: 248 + 3 prints
Size: 17.1 x 24.6 cm
ISBN: 9789492811226

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