Never Forget #1
Never Forget #1
Open sculptural format
7 × 28 in
CollectionBlack Histories / Black Futures, Booklyn Calling Podcast, Collection Development, E/AB FAIR, OCTOBER 18 – 31, 2021, Limited Edition Artists Books
George Mason University (GMU)
Harvard University, Fine Arts Library
Library of Congress (LoC)
Scripps College, Denison Library
University of Georgia, Athens
University of Puget Sound
Never Forget is an open edition, variant series of numbered artists’ books.
Never Forget #1 honors: Side 1, Breonna Taylor (1993-2020), Ahmaud Arbery (1994-2020), George Floyd Jr. (1973-2020), and Emmett Till (1941-1955); Side 2: John Lewis (1940-2020), Chadwick Boseman (1976-2020), Toni Morrison (1931-2019)
Materials for the Never Forget series include: wood, fibers, linoleum relief print, paper, paint.
Note that the book is in of itself an intentional intervention into privileged academic and library space. While resembling an accordion fold structure, the book can not be closed, and thus must be handled, stored, and accessed carefully. The integrity and coherence of the content and the imposing physical structure of the book further underline the explicit demand of the title, Never Forget.
“Each numbered volume (in an edition of ten) serves as a visual response to crimes committed against Black bodies, both past, and present, as well as to those persons whose lives will forever impact our society. Each bookend is adorned with matted fibers mirroring embellishments seen in the elaborate headdresses of African masks. Adinkra symbols occupy the background signifying ceremonial clothes worn by the Asante when bidding farewell. The Adinkra symbols depicted are: Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan – “Love never loses its way home”, and Sankofa- “Learn from the past.” – Sauda Mitchell
“My work currently focuses on utilizing printmaking and QR code technology as a creative non-traditional access method linking viewers to archival repositories, curated exhibitions, and aggregated data. Each work serves as a visual response to archival collection materials representative of the many stories that can be found deep within the archival landscape.” – Sauda Mitchell