HANK WILLIS THOMAS
Pitch Blackness, Hank Willis Thomas first monograph, includes selections from different series. The book begins with a deeply personal and interpretive re-telling of the senseless murder of young Songha Willis, the artist's cousin, who was robbed at gunpoint and murdered outside a nightclub in Philadelphia in 2000. It then charts Hank Willis Thomas' career as he grapples with the issues of grief, black-on-black violence in America and the ways in which corporate culture is complicit in the crises of black male identity. The concluding section presents his newest body of work, Unbranded--in which he examines advertising and media representation of African-Americans.
The monograph features essays by Rene de Guzman and Robin D. G. Kelley.
2008, Aperture, 112 pages