Black Aesthetic Season II
162 pages, b+w
w/24 page photo portfolio + illustrations throughout
Responding to the films of season two, films made by independent Black filmmakers, The Black Aesthetic Season II contains works that contribute to a larger conversation that attempts to define and demarcate boundaries around “Black” aesthetics while also positioning the diasporic diversity of Black cultural production and aesthetics as a self-contained and self-referential global body of work.
Where the first book was responding specifically to cinematic portrayals of Black womanhood/femininity and to projects by Black women as a part of an artistic canon, this book speaks more explicitly to that canon’s larger composition and the array of themes, politics, senses and affective politics—both complementary and contradictory—contained within. Are there qualifiers to the degree of blackness of artistic work? Can non-blackness exist within a Black space? Does a quintessentially Black aesthetic exist within white institutions? Does blackness exist outside of whiteness’ negation? Through engaging these questions and other questions posed and answered by contributors, The Black Aesthetic Season II continues to seek out and define the potentially undefinable Black aesthetic.
Editor: Zoé Samudzi
Contributors: Zoé Samudzi, Christian Johnson, Leila Weefur, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Ismail Muhammad, Ra Malika Imhotep, Jamal Batts, Shah Noor Hussein, Ryanaustin Dennis, Ed Ntiri (photographs)
Cover by: Ed Nitri
TRIM 4.75 x 7.25”
Featured at Printed Matter NYC!
Black Life: The Black Aesthetic a conversation and screening at BAMPFA.
"Oakland Film Series Asks: Is There a Black Aesthetic?" in KQED Arts.
"Oakland’s Black Artists Make Space for Themselves" in the East Bay Express.
"Introducing The Black Aesthetic Collective’s Very First Publication" in the East Bay Express.