The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements
Published by Soberscove Press. Edited by Anthony Romero. Contributions by Dan S. Wang, Dave Pabellon, Frank Sherlock, Irina Contreras, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Mary Patten, Matt Neff, Rashayla Marie Brown, Hy Thurman, Robby Herbst, Rosten Woo, Salem Collo-Julin, Thomas Graves, Jennifer Kidwell, Jayanthi Kyle.
Fifty years ago, Stokely Carmichael, the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) made a historic call: "One of the most disturbing things about almost all white supporters of the movement has been that they are afraid to go into their own communities–which is where the racism exists–and work to get rid of it. They want to run from Berkeley to tell us what to do in Mississippi; let them look instead at Berkeley…. Let them go to the suburbs and open up freedom schools for whites."
Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements features new work by contemporary artists, poets, and writers that relates to the Black Power movement's mandate to "organize your own" community against racism. Exploring the question of what "your own" might mean, this book connects some of the concerns dealt with in the 1960s and '70s to the conversations and social movements around racial justice happening today. Far from an historical account, Organize Your Own documents and expands upon an exhibition and event series of the same name, curated by Daniel Tucker, that took place in Chicago and Philadelphia in early 2016.
In addition to exhibition documentation and a series of commissioned texts, this book also includes transcripts from five panel discussions that were organized as part of the exhibition. Two of these discussions focus on the original Rainbow Coalition, a unique example of race and class negotiation in which organizations such as the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords, and the Young Patriots Organization joined forces. Other discussions and contributions explore poetry, performance, and socially engaged art—which, broadly speaking, finds its foundation in the histories and language of community organizing. What is the role of politics and poetics in complicating and clarifying these ongoing conversations—the ones that happen when people come together?
Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst. Edited with text by Stella Rollig, Severin Dünser. Text by C. Scott Jordan, Oliver Marchart, Elzbieta Matynia.
This catalog accompanies an exhibition examining contemporary understandings of freedom. More than 60 artists, including Dara Birnbaum, Harun Farocki, Johan Grimonprez, Hiwa K, Alexander Kluge, Laibach, Trevor Paglen and Kara Walker, negotiate such factors as public space, information control, economy and social responsibility.
Published by Spector Books. Edited by Christine Peters, Iris Dressler.
Acts of Voicing focuses on the aesthetic, performative, and political significance of the voice, viewed from the perspective of visual art, dance, performance, and theory. The book, which also documents the exhibition of the same title that showed at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart and the Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul in 2012, explores the diegetic and performative characteristics of the voice. This relates equally to voices that resist and to voices that are disciplined and seek to discipline, to those that are heard and to those that go unheard. The book also examines the struggle to find one’s voice and the act of getting voices to speak or be silent.