Black and White Studies by Sheryl Oppenheim and Janelle Poe
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Black and White Studies by Sheryl Oppenheim and Janelle Poe Black and White Studies is a collaborative zine combining the images of Sheryl Oppenheim with the poetry of Janelle Poe. The two came together to produce this powerful piece as concerned citizens. The zine is dedicated to the countless lives that have been taken in the name of progress, protection and mass oppression.
Poe’s poetry is a window into the anxieties, contradictions, and fear that figure so prominently into the daily lives of black women in America today. The poems in Black and White Studies span Poe’s weekday routine traveling by subway from Harlem to her part-time job as a bookkeeper in a high rise Financial District office building, to her participation in a protest in Herald Square, lying down on the street in the freezing cold, to an acrostic honoring the three women who founded the Black Lives Matter movement: Alicia, Opal, and Patrice. Poe, through her writing, generously gives those of us who have not had these experiences empathize and understand on a deeper level what is to be gained and lost in the fight for civil and human rights in America. Oppenheim’s images, generated from photographs of paintings and marbled drawings in her studio, include phrases used in protest chants and posters from the Black Lives Matter Movement.
100% of the sales of Black & White Studies will be donated to Black Lives Matter.
A reading by Janelle Poe is scheduled for early December at Creative Capitol. Stay tuned for more details.
Black and White Studies
Janelle Poe and Sheryl Oppenheim, 2016
Saddle stitched three color risograph zine
7 x 5.5 inches, 40 pages
Edition of 200 zines + 4APs