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.
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