Jesse Birch & Will Holder (Eds.)
Black Diamond Dust expands on the 2014 multi-site contemporary art exhibition that took place in Nanaimo, British Columbia, a small city on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island. The title refers to coal mining, an industry which, while fueling the modern world, has formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation and labor inequity. This handsomely designed hardcover book, edited by curator Jesse Birch with Scottish artist Will Holder, gathers art projects and writings by an international gathering of filmmakers, artists, photographers, writers and curators, addressing forgotten or under-acknowledged histories surrounding the practices of international coal mining. Contemporary artworks, poetry, essays, literature, folk songs and archival images are brought together to extract meaning from this fossilized black carbon that continues to power our cities. This is the first of three projects to engage the resource industries of Vancouver Island (coal mining, forestry, and fisheries) through contemporary art. Excerpts from Franz Kafka and George Orwell. Texts by Lynne Bowen, Peter Culley, Antonio Graydon, Sarah Ogan Gunning, Michael Taussig. Artworks by Stephanie Aitken, Raymond Boisjoly, Edward Burtynsky and others.
6 ¾ x 9 ½ in. / 138 pp / 35 b&w and 37 color
Retail Price: $25.00
NANAIMO ART GALLERY, CANADA