Reading list: cleave to the BLACK


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

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, Random House, 2018.

In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, Christina Sharpe, Duke University Press, 2016.

The Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming, Catherine Keller, Routledge, 2003.

Black bodies, white gazes, George Yancy, 2008.

Freedom As Marronage, Neil Roberts, University of Chicago Press, 2015.  

The Fact of Blackness, Frantz Fanon, Routledge, 2009.

Contested Landscapes, Movement Exile and Placement, Barbara Bender and Margot Winer, Routledge, 2001.

A Black Gaze, Tina M. Campt, MIT Press, 2021.

Flash of the Spirit, Robert Farris Thompson, Vintage Books, 1984.

The Groundings With My Brothers, Walter Rodney, Verso Books, 2019.