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Author Eshun, Ekow, author.

Title In the black fantastic / Ekow Eshun.

Publication Info. Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, 2022.


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - New Materials  704 ESHUN    DUE 04-15-23
 New Britain, Main Library - ON-ORDER (not available yet)    On Order
Description 303 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Note Pubished on the occasion of the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, June 29 - September 18, 2022.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, filmography, discography and index.
Contents Invocation : a summoning of spirits -- Extract A : old slavery seen through modern eyes : Octavia E. Butler's Kindred and Haile Gerima's Sankofa / Adriano Elia -- Black feminist voodoo aesthetics, conjure feminism, and the arts / Kameelah L. Martin -- Migration : journeys across sea and space -- Extract B : Afronauts : race in space / W. Ian Bourland -- In populated air : flying Africans, technology, and the future / Michelle D. Commander -- Liberation : dreams of freedom -- Extract C : Afrofutures : Africa and the aesthetics of Black revolution / Tobias Wofford.
Summary In the Black Fantastic' assembles art and imagery from across the African diaspora that embraces ideas of the mythic and the speculative. It brings to life the forces that shape Afrofuturism - the cultural movement that conjures otherworldly visions out of the everyday of Black experience - and beyond, looking at how speculative fictions in Black art and culture are boldly reimagining perspectives on race, gender, identity and the body in the 21st century. Standing apart from Western narratives of progress and modernity - based as they are on the historical subjugation of people of colour - the book explores how Black artists are drawing inspiration from African-originated myth, knowledge systems and spiritual practices to confound the Western dichotomy between the real and unreal, the natural and the supernatural. With 250 illustrations spanning the spheres of photography, painting, sculpture, cinema, literature and architecture, this book reaches across time, space and art form, drawing together everything from works by leading visual artists such as Kara Walker, Chris Ofili and Lina Iris Viktor to groundbreaking films like Black Panther and Get Out and the radical politics of pan-Africanism.
Subject Arts, Black -- 21st century -- Exhibitions.
Black people in art -- Exhibitions.
African American artists -- 21st century -- Exhibitions.
Added Author Hayward Gallery.
ISBN 026204725X
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