Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa: One Wall a Web

Roma Publications

Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, One Wall a Web, Roma Publications, 2018

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 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.

17,1 x 24.6 cm
248 pages
design by Roger Willems