Published by Dancing Foxes Press. Edited by Leslie Hewitt, Karen Kelly, Barbara Schroeder. Text by Leah Meisterlin, Uzma Rizvi. Conversations with Dawoud Bey, Bradford Young, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitt.
In 2012, Leslie Hewitt (born 1977) and Bradford Young (born 1977) produced Untitled (Structures), a series of silent, nonlinear film vignettes that grew out of an invitation from the Menil Collection, Houston, to consider the museum’s civil rights–era photograph collection. The invitation, which inspired years of research into the aftereffects of the Great Migration, the civil rights movement and the ongoing struggle for human rights, prompted Hewitt and Young to shoot new work in Chicago, Memphis and Arkansas in an array of important sites, found and not found in the museum’s photographs. Exposing the tensions between still photography and moving images, Hewitt and Young’s project interrogates the ways in which history is embedded in contemporary topographic, corporeal and psychological landscapes. Taking the film as its point of departure, this publication furthers the artists’ inquiries into the project’s poetic and political themes, including psychogeography, anti-monumentalism and the intersections of image, memory and architecture.
Published by OSMOS BOOKS. Edited by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz.
Featured in the Guggenheim’s 2015 landmark Photo-Poetics exhibition, New York–based artist Leslie Hewitt (born 1977) is one of the most revered artists working between photography and sculpture. Collaboration has been a central part of Hewitt’s art, including projects with William Cordova and Matt Keegan, and her ongoing work with cinematographer Bradford Young exploring the Menil Collection archive of civil rights-era photographs.
That cinematic rumination on historicity and the relationship of the archive to memory, minimalism, lived experience and time, sets an exemplary precedent for this first monograph surveying Hewitt’s oeuvre. Edited by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz with texts by Nana Adusei-Poka and others, and designed by Garrick Gott, with color reproductions and in-depth critical essays, this book offers rare insights into the artist’s extensive personal archive of images, concepts and ideas.