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Artist creator: Tia Blassingame
Categories: Bookwork / Letterpress Books, Printmakers' Books, Relief Print Books, Small Press Books

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Reference no.:L/Bla.T/13.00 Place/Shelf:1BR

Book title: Harvest
Published by: Primrose Press
Year made: 2013
Place made: USA
Original: Yes
(No. in Edition)
Dimensions: 500 x 395
Binder: bound by T Blassingame
Physical description: soft cover, stab binding
Medium: text, graphics from leaves
Further information:
"In an attempt to connect across hundreds of autumns with slaves that lived in Providence, Rhode Island on the eve of the colonies’ independence, I collected leaves along Benefit Street. Humbling and at times awkward, the collection process involved stooping and lowering my gaze as I sought a representative sampling of leaves­ fresh to brittle, elm to oak and beyond, whole to tattered­ along the mile long, largely residential street.
'Harvest'’s text is from or was directly inspired by the accounting of the building, stocking, and voyages of slave ships and other Brown family business records as noted. African slaves,­ purchased and sold in the West Indies and other locations,­ are also revealed in the often mundane receipts and accounts of slaving ships. Utilizing the Brown family business records dating from the 18th century, research was conducted at the John Carter Brown Library of Brown University." Tia Blassingame
This book was featured in the exhibition, 'The Politics of Place.' January 19 – March 30, 2019 at the Center for Book Arts, New York, NY.
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Artist creator: Tia Blassingame

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IMAGES: Harvest

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