Carin Kuoni

  • Studies into Darkness

    Artists and Activists Consider the Perils and Promise of Freedom of Speech

    Carin Kuoni and Laura Raicovich

    A practical and historical guide to free speech discourse and poetic responses to the crises present around expression, gorgeously designed.

    There have been few times in American history when the very concept of freedom of speech—its promise and its contradictions—has been under greater scrutiny. Guided by acclaimed artist and activist Amar Kanwar, the Vera List Center convened a series of public seminars on freedom of speech with the participation of some of the most original thinkers and artists on the topic. Studies into Darkness, a book gorgeously designed by Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Julia Novitch, emerges from these seminars with newly commissioned, original visual and text contributions.

    Studies into Darkness provides a practical and historical guide to free speech discourse, as well as poetic responses to the crises present in contemporary culture and society around expression, provocatively questioning whether true communication is possible at all. The contributions in the anthology, as well as the compendium of resources, can be used as a curriculum for an in-depth investigation of freedom of speech that far extends beyond the current moment of assaults on freedom of speech by authoritarian regimes throughout the world.


    Zach Blas, Mark Bray, Aruna D'Souza, Natalie Diaz, Abou Farman, Silvia Federici, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Shawné Michaelain Holloway, Prithi Kanakamedala, Amar Kanwar, Svetlana Mintcheva, Obden Mondésir, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Vanessa Place, Michael Rakowitz, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Nabiha Syed

    Copublished with the Vera List Center

    • Paperback $24.95