SIR is based upon the conceptual premise of a name that undefines the defined. Hinkle meditates on historical perceptions of the black male body and its contextualizing geographies in relationship to her brother, an African-American man born in 1980 named Sir. SIR interrogates naming in the African Diaspora to examine collective historical trauma, transgressive perceptions of the black male body, forms of gendering, and familial modes of survival within a hostile geography.
KENYATTA A.C. HINKLE
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, performer and writer. Her practice fluctuates between collaborations and participatory projects with alternative gallery spaces within various communities to projects that are intimate and based upon her private experiences in relationship to historical events and contexts. A term that has become a mantra for her practice is the "Historical Present," as she examines the residue of history and how it affects our contemporary world perspective. Her artwork and performances of experimental texts have been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Artforum, Art News, The Huffington Post and The New York Times.
PRAISE FOR SIR
SIR sears, a hard, multigenre memoir that—I had to remind myself—is no elegy. Or at least not for Sir, who lives uneasily with this book and his name. What visual artist and writer, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle mourns here are the Black lives that have been constrained or taken by white supremacy. The reality of that violence stalks every page of this powerful and trenchant debut, making it urgent that we understand what makes a family hope a name can act as magic word, as blessing, as demand for respect. Sir. Sir. Sir.
-Douglas Kearney author of The Black Automaton
In Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle's SIR, we are introduced to an incredible remix: part family narrative, part ethnography, part material ephemera, part eavesdrop, and all fire! SIR delves into the inner depths of intergenerational motherhood, manhood, and what it means to raise-up and grow-up Black in America. An elongated meditation on the power, risk, and surge of naming; SIR is a timely and necessary intervention into how we conceive of ourselves in the context of a society that insists on telling us who we are.
-Matthew Shenoda, author of The Way of the Earth
SIR by Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
Cover Art by Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
Book Design by HR Hegnauer
Published May 1, 2019 by Litmus Press
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