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The Fact of Blackness: Frantz Fanon and Visual RepresentationEdited by Alan Read
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Creating a far-reaching and original dialogue between cultural theory and visual practice, the rich insights which emerge from this publication explain why Frantz Fanon’s seminal texts of the 1950s and 60s – Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth – have re-emerged at the forefront of postcolonial studies.
This collection of texts and dialogues work with Fanon’s ideas in understanding how narrative, the media, image, and symbol lie at the very heart of the practice of politics and social knowledge.
Contributors: Martina Attille, Homi K. Bhabha, Renée Green, Stuart Hall, Lyle Ashton Harris, bell hooks, Isaac Julien, Marc Latamie, Steve McQueen, Kobena Mercer, Mark Nash, Raoul Peck, Alan Read, Ntozake Shange, Gilane Tawadros, Françoise Vergès, Lola Young
Originating from the symposium held during the season Mirage: Enigmas of Race, Difference and Desire (ICA, London, 1995)
What people say
'Steering a novel course between the desire to affirm and the obligation to be creatively critical, this ambitious collection adds up to a powerful intervention in the burgeoning field of 'Fanon Studies', offering some rich speculations about the nature of Fanon's intellectual legacy.' Paul Gilroy - Yale University
'Frantz Fanton changed the historical face of political theory by making it real. This collection assembles an international array of our generation's most important intellectuals, cultural critics and artists in an invaluable dialogue about Fanon's legacy. Any intellectual worth his or her mental salt owes Fanon and his heirs in this anthology a great deal.' Thelma Golden - Whitney Museum of American Art
ISBN: 1-900300-02-8 212pp, softback, 215 x 152mm, 22 illustrations
Published by the ICA, London, in association with Iniva and Bay Press, Seattle, 1996