Michael., cleave to the BLACK, 2022. (Still). Image courtesy of artist.
Michael., cleave to the BLACK, 2022. (Still). Image courtesy of artist.

Reading list: cleave to the BLACK

Michael.

In this reading list Michael. shares some of the texts that have informed his moving-image installation cleave to the BLACK commissioned for the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2022. Copies of some of these books are available to read in Gallery 1.

cleave to the BLACK echoes the art historical tradition of the painted triptych in a three-screen installation that offers a panoramic perspective on the legacies of the past that continue to leave an indelible mark on contemporary Black male experience.

 

Reading list:

Summer, Somewhere, Danez Smith

In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, Christina Sharpe

The Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming, Catherine Keller

Black bodies, white gazes, George Yancy

Freedom As Marronage, Neil Roberts  

The Fact of Blackness, Frantz Fanon

Contrasted Landscapes, Movement Exile and Placement, Barbara Bender and Margot Winer.

A Black Gaze, Tina M. Campt

Flash of the Spirit, Robert Farris Thompson

The Groundings With My Brothers, Walter Rodney