« Black Pulp! A history of underground Black publishing, from W.E.B. Du Bois to #BlackLivesMatter » by Ian Bourland

Article écrit par Ian Bourland sur l’exposition « Black Pulp! » qui s’est tenue au International Print Center à New York:


« In 1993, British theorist Paul Gilroy released a short essay called ‘Wearing your art on your sleeve’, in which he argued that in 1970s and ‘80s Britain, vernacular forms of art – notably record sleeves – were crucial forms of expression for immigrants from the country’s former colonies.  From Prince to Donald Byrd, the era’s iconic cover art and the urban record stores where they were bought and sold were nothing less than a zone of critical expression for diasporic communities that were at once geographically fractured and excluded from the mainstream institutions of art production and criticism.  In this way, Gilroy echoes the literary scholar Brent Edwards, who has argued that print media from the jazz age was similarly important in forming a sense of black internationalism, as books and magazines – translated and re-translated – crisscrossed the Atlantic. »


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