Thread Makes Blanket
(project organized by Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela)
For Organize Your Own the Philadelphia-based publisher Thread Makes Blanket released a new book by Anna Martine Whitehead and held a release party in Chicago with additional readings by Marie Alarcón, Cynthia Dewi Oka and Roger Reeves.
Anna Martine Whitehead’s debut depicts a series of encounters with Blackness in its incalculable manifestations. From jail cells to middle schools, interrogation rooms to the zombie apocalypse, Whitehead traverses the real and unreal, the remembered and the forgotten. It would seem, Whitehead argues, that Blackness (and its attendant affects, physicalities, subjugations) exists everywhere–including all the places we haven’t thought of yet. Using essays, poems, and striking images from Whitehead and Suné Woods, TREASURE | My Black Rupture powerfully adds to the growing canon of Black Feminist Futurism.
Anna Martine has shown work throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition to her choreographic and visual work, Martine has made significant contributions to the work of Keith Hennessy, Jesse Hewit, Jefferson Pinder, taisha paggett, Julien Previeux, and Spiral Q Puppet Theater. For the past four years, she has written ‘Endurance Tests’ — a recurring column in Art Practical exploring Black creative practice — and has published chapters in several anthologies on art and community practice. She is co-editor, with Ernesto Sopprani, of On Collectivity and Collapse (the offcenter, 2012); and, with Robbins, Rowe, and Wang, of After Words: Texts on Voice (practice and practice, 2010).
Thread Makes Blanket is a small press that embarks on collaborations with artists and authors to produce books of substance and beauty. www.threadmakesblanket.com