A Picture novel study of the human spirit in the fantastic / magical and the human soul in the metaphorical and physical in Five Chapters – being Oppression, Rainbows, Mythology, Cosmology, Salvation
Contributions include Poems and Quotes by Sun Ra and the Handwritten Lyrics by KAINTHEPOET to his seminal work ‘Black Satin Amazon Fire Engine Cry Baby’Further Commissioned Essays by Darius James, Jake-ann Jones, Carl Martin, Little Annie, Michael Gonzales and Norman Douglas
Afrofuturism is a much bandied about genre these days but through Gerald Jenkins’ storied lens it takes on a surreal and intoxicating scale. The renowned UK photographer has long collaborated with Sun Ra’s Arkestra and his vast body of work - spanning fashion, film and portraiture - is informed by his interest in spirituality and global cultures. His in depth study of Australia’s indigenous people for example, speaks to ideas of the eternal present, universal energies and the connection between inner and outer spaces.
Now comes his recently released art book, It’s After the End of the World. Reflecting well over a decade’s worth of passionate exploration, Jenkins describes it as “a picture novel study of the human spirit in the fantastic and magical and the human soul in the metaphorical and physical”. Inside, his expansive photography and collage of all things black and beautiful and out of this realm, live alongside mind-bending texts by the likes of Sun Ra, Kainthepoet, Darius James, Jake-ann Jones and Little Annie.
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