BLACK DIAMOND DUST
Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to announce the arrival of Black Diamond Dust, co-published with Sternberg Press in Berlin and edited by Jesse Birch with Will Holder.
This publication expands on the multisite contemporary art exhibition by the same name that took place at the Nanaimo Art Gallery in 2014. Black Diamond Dust refers to coal mining, an industry that has formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation, and labor inequity, while fuelling the modern world. This book brings to light forgotten or under-acknowledged local and international histories, as investigated and discussed through contemporary art, poetry, essays, literature, folk songs, and archival images.
The publication features texts by Jesse Birch, Lynne Bowen, Peter Culley, Antonio Graydon, Sarah Ogan Gunning, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Michael Taussig; together with artworks by Stephanie Aitken, Raymond Boisjoly, Edward Burtynsky, Peter Culley, Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis, Gray Metal, Devon Knowles, Yuanchen Liu, William Notman & Son, Jerry Pethick, Mimi Pickering, Kerri Reid, Scott Rogers
Black Diamond Dust is the first of three projects to engage the main resource industries of Vancouver Island (coal mining, forestry, and fisheries) through contemporary art. We look forward to celebrating the publication with a formal launch in the near future!
Black Diamond Dust publications are available at the gallery store for $30.00.