Book art about race -
"Erase the Hate" by Katie Delay. "This book explores bullying, race/ethnicity, sexual preference, religion and women’s issues. While we in contemporary society may think we have made great strides in these areas, closer inspection suggests that as we take one step forward, we take another step back. Each topic is addressed within its own sewn signature placed into a handmade envelope. The five envelopes are bound into the book as pages. The text is digitally printed in shades of gray. If we are to make any changes in this world, we each must first look within ourselves and examine our own prejudices and irrational fears. Only then may we begin to Erase the Hate."
"I Have a Name" by Patricia Grass. "After two years in the Philippines, I had enough of being called WHITE WOMAN. I just wanted to scream, “I HAVE A NAME, and it is not my skin color.” The pages are based on a chart of human skin colors and the ridiculous names paint companies give colors on their paint charts. The color shades in my book were created on a computer with names from actual paint chips." I Have a Name won a Best In Show Award in the Book Power Redux exhibition.
"Ten Little White Folk" by Shawna Hanel. In 1868, Septimus Winner penned the song Ten Little Injuns based upon an 1850′s minstrel act. An abbreviated version became a popular nursery rhyme. My parents, in 1974, purchased The Giant Golden Mother Goose for their bookwormish toddler. As a child, I adored Ten Little Injuns. However, rereading the text as an adult eviscerated any affinity I had for the poem, inspiring me to create a revised edition. For the new version, I replaced every instance of the term “Injun” with “White Folk.” I also exchanged every illustration of an Indian with a photograph of white characters from neighboring pages. I had small cover boards cut from the inside back cover of an original The Giant Golden Mother Goose. Normally, I find the destruction of a book anathema, but my hope is that this effort clearly demonstrates the depths to which historical racism permeates modern material culture and points to a future in which genocide and assimilation no longer masquerade as children’s literature.
"American Breeding Standards" by Ellen Knudson. "American Breeding Standards explores the systemized rules about what comprises a good or bad horse, a good or bad woman — and the steps one might take to achieve the breed standard. This highly crafted new book from Ellen Knudson features a hinged pop-up that folds out from the front cover of the book. The interior of the book contains three foldout pages. Images and text printed from photo-polymer plates and handset metal types. The binding structure is an exposed spine sewn on Cave Paper tapes and attached to paste paper covered boards. The book was produced in 2012–2013 and printed by the artist in Gainesville, Florida. Text excerpted from American Horses and Horse Breeding (John Dimon, 1895) and Canine Breeding Standards of the German Shepherd (American Kennel Club, 2012)."
"My (Discouragingly) White Life" by Lise Melhorn-Boe. "In the book, "Learning to be White: Money, Race and God in America," the author, Thandeka, writes: “African Americans have learned to use a racial language to describe themselves and others. Euro-Americans also have learned a pervasive racial language. But in their racial lexicon, their own racial group becomes the great unsaid.” As a means of becoming aware of this racialization process, she suggests playing the Race Game. It has only one rule: for a week, one must use the term white whenever one mentions the name of a person of European descent. For example, one might say, “my white friend Beth, or “my white son Matthias.” I was taken aback by how overwhelmingly white is the number of my friends, acquaintances and contacts. Out of this exercise came this book, My (Discouragingly) White Life. On acetate, I have printed the titles of all the people in my daily life, in white and pale brown. The layering on the acetate is beautiful, but there’s no denying that it is mostly white."
"Southern Girls" by Meryl Perloff. "Growing up in the Deep South in the 1930s, African Americans, then called Negroes, were considered to be lower in status than their Caucasian counterparts. Discrimination in its mildest form embodied a sense of superiority, and limitations for Negroes were customary in all facets of life. The term “women” was reserved for black adult females, while white adult females were termed “ladies” —a subtle distinction, but limiting nonetheless. As a young child, these realities were not yet established, allowing a reasonable amount of interaction without prejudice. The creation of this childhood reverie is meant to illuminate the fact that discrimination is learned and practiced to varying degrees. It celebrates the joy that can be present in the lives of those who haven’t yet learned the lessons of assigning negative values to those we are taught to consider inferior."
"Unbound" byJessica Peterson. "Unbound recounts the little known, but unprecedented, civil rights history of Prince Edward County, Virginia. In 1959, rather than integrate as mandated by the US Supreme Court, Prince Edward County closed the public school system, leaving 4,000 children with no access to public education. The schools stayed closed for four years, until the Kennedy Administration opened a federally sponsored school system in 1963. Unbound tells the story of these events with timelines, archival evidence and collected narratives from the veterans of the closings. Gold stars flow through each page, one star for each person whose life was permanently altered by the school closings. This book was produced in collaboration with Short Twig Press, Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia."
"Mix and Match Families" by Jaime Lynn Shafer. "In the USA, family is a flexible and fluid idea, constantly changing as our society grows and develops an understanding for the people who live here. This fluidity is essential and what I wished to explore. Mix and Match Families is an artists’ book that address these ideas. The imagery for the book began while I photographed families and individuals in Washington, D.C. I removed the original background from the images and placed them on solid colored backgrounds. The solid colored backgrounds indicate the original family unit in the artists’ book. The book is designed so that the viewer can flip through the pages altering the family (much like a children’s flip book) to include same sex families, heterosexual families, and interracial families." Mix and Match Families won a Best in Show Award in the Book Power Redux exhibition.