11 × 8.5 × 1 in
Mourning/Warning, 2018, Tia Blassingame. 24 Pages, 8.5 in x 11 in, Primrose Press, Edition of 26. Digitally printed in Josefin Sans typeface. Saddle stitch (stapled) binding. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Tia Blassingame: “This set of numerical and repeater, or substitute, maritime flags compliments the alternative alphabetical flags featured in Mourning/Warning: An Abecedarian. The repeaters make character duplication possible and can make historical and contemporary patterns of suffering, grief, humiliation painfully apparent.”
Colophon: “Stripping the maritime alphabet of its primary colors and replacing them with muted browns and blacks, Mourning/Warning highlights the relationship of Americans of the African diaspora to water, maritime trade, and the need for an alternative means of communication in times of emergency and duress. How do you send a warning call that hatred comes constantly in waves?
“M/W serves as a method of honoring, mourning, and remembering the slain and wronged as well as teaching our children and ourselves to be vigilant and wary in hostile terrain, where your skin color makes you an easy target
“The names of victims of police brutality, unsolved murders, violence motivated by homophobia and transphobia with missing individuals like Phoenix Coldon fill this edition. John Robinson represents the victims whose murders go unsolved and seemingly forgotten for decades. For too many, justice remains distant.”