The cult writer, theorist and visual artist probes at the frames, images and ideas that shape our desires and constitute art
"It is a joy to meet you." The sentiment is directed at the musician Fever Ray, but each of the experimental essays that make up writer and visual artist Hannah Black's A Nuclear Accident are also meetings with the works and ideas of fellow artists: Sandra Mujinga, Nicole Eisenman, Sondra Perry, Aleesa Cohene, Erro, Barbara Hammer, Leilah Weinraub, Ryan Coogler.
Examining the images, colors, frames and ideas that infuse their works--and, in some cases, by hearing directly from the artists--Black probes at experiences of Blackness, queerness, digital life, of watching and being seen, and of living in tumultuous political times. "White light from the sun, a nuclear accident, encounters a layer of ozone and spreads itself indifferently," she reflects--the source of our seeing.
HANNAH BLACK is a visual artist who has exhibited and performed in London, New York City and Berlin, including at the New Museum, MOMA PS1 and as part of the Berlin Biennale. In addition to her essays and criticism at The New Inquiry, where she was formerly an editor, her writing has also appeared in Harper's, Artforum, Frieze and Bookforum.