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Chaun Webster for "GeNtry!fication"

  • SubText Books 6 West 5th Street Saint Paul, MN, 55102 United States (map)

Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00 PM for an event with Chaun Webster! Webster will read and discuss "GeNtry!fication: or the scene of the crime" and a book signing will follow. 

Poet and graphic designer Chaun Webster draws from an interest in the work of sign in graffiti, the layering of collage, and the visuality of text. These methods are used in Webster’s work to investigate race – specifically the instability of blackness and black subjectivities, geography, memory, and the body. Correspondingly much of these investigations engage the question of absence, how to archive what is missing from the landscape particularly as a number of communities watch in real time, neighborhoods once populated with familiar presences, dissolve in the vernacular of redevelopment and its attendant colonial logic.

"Chaun Webster provides not only liner notes, but typography itself for some TYPE of riot. Not just the sound of breaking it down, but also the look of what language has done and what we must do to it if we would free/face/find truth or possibility anywhere here (in ourselves and each other.) This is a text for saying, showing and studying, steeped in the scariest and most necessary black radical thought of our times. Run towards reading this, read this on the run, run with this and run on." —Alexis Pauline Gumbs, author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity

"Check this discourse of trouble. You must immediately read this radical work of black refusal and black manifest/station. Chaun Webster is doing the subterranean cartographer’s work of spatializing a people’s topographies of resistance and insistence. Here in the sundown town that is the entire black diaspora-united states-north Minneapolis, Webster addresses the signs and signifiers of the collision of black bodies mapped onto the white imagination’s terrorism as geography. Here is din in high contrast. Here is the runaway notice as city neighborhood, as body, as il/legibility, as a ticket to exile and railroad and high-voltage language lightning strike. A kind of symphony to collective memory and (a) map/s of liberation/s passed through the glittery cosmos of black minds, as if black consciousness were always the dark, gorgeous volta, always on the move, slippery when turning our attention back onto the scene of the crime of relentless white colonial violence over black space and the body of the black citizen. Flight, fight." — Sun Yung Shin, author of Unbearable Splendor

About Chaun Webster:
Chaun Webster is a poet and graphic designer whose work draws from an interest in the sign of graffiti, the layering of collage, simultaneity, & the visuality of text. Webster utilizes these methods in investigating race – specifically the instability of blackness and black subjectivities, geography, memory, and the body.  Webster's recent work, Echo North, is an oral storytelling project interrogating the ways Black residents of North Minneapolis have imagined the geography since the 1930 Hennepin County census. Correspondingly much of these investigations engage the question of absence, how to archive what is missing from the landscape particularly as a number of communities watch, in real time, neighborhoods once populated with familiar presences dissolve in the vernacular of redevelopment and its attendant colonial logic. Webster’s first book, Gentry!fication: or the scene of the crime, was published by Noemi Press April of 2018.

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