THE BLACKNESS SERIES PRINTS

Silkscreen print on paper

"The great thing is that [Tina Campt] makes an observation that the work of so many Black artists today begins from presumption --- that if you want to see the work and understand the work, you have to share their perspective. And I think this is one of the things that certainly I see in The Blackness Series --- listening to you describe exactly that process of whoever you are, having to adjust to a position essentially to see what you already see" 
Ekow Eshun, Writer and Curator

 
Elsa James Work No. 7: Policy note to Essex, 2021

Work No. 7: Policy note to Essex, 2021
Silkscreen on Plike black 330 gsm paper
680 x 680 mm
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

Works No. 4, 5 and 7 are the first iteration of silkscreen prints on paper from The Blackness Series - an ongoing series of digital text works from 2016, documenting personal lived experience alongside broader critical social commentary. The black font on black is intentionally arduous to read, serving as a reminder about who is visible and who is invisible in our fractured society and becomes fully legible to read as light reflects on the work. Works No. 4, 5 and 7 also form part of Art X-UK, a new permanent collection of artworks acquired by the Government Art Collection in 2021.

 
Elsa James Work No. 5: Untitled, 2021

Work No. 5: Untitled, 2021
Silkscreen on Plike black 330gsm paper
680 x 680 mm
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

Elsa James Work No. 4: Hey, we're over here! 2021

Work No. 4: Hey, we're over here! 2021
Silkscreen on Plike black 330gsm paper
680 x 680 mm
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

 

Typeset by Fraser Muggeridge Studio, screen printed by The Private Press and photographed by Anna Lukala Photography.