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Home Is Not A Place

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Home is a reminder to smile, a reminder that there may be turmoil in the world, but you have a peace in you, and so you have a home.

Because if it’s disrupting your peace, chances are your intuition might be trying to tell you something. S. Eliot Poetry Prize-winning text, this contains eye/mind-opening ekphrastic pieces which ponder the representation of Blackness in Art; from Turner to Sidibé.

Home Is Not a Place is the spectacular result of the journey they documented: a free-form composition of photography, poetry and essays that offers a book-length reflection upon Black Britishness - its complexity, strength and resilience - at the start of a new decade. Acclaimed poet Roger Robinson and award-winning author and photographer Johny Pitts have joined forces to explore this issue in their stunning new book, Home Is Not A Place. Featuring photographs, poetry and essays, it is a visual poem reflecting on the complexity, strength and resilience of Black Britain.

Not only that, but so that you can use your awareness and intuition to guide you back home into safety. By bidding on, or purchasing this item, you are agreeing to us sharing your name and address details with that 3rd party supplier to allow us to fulfil our contractual obligations to you. The recipient of the inaugural Ampersand/ Photoworks Fellowship, his photography has been exhibited at Foam (Amsterdam), E-Werk (Freiburg) and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago). Objects from his multicultural working-class home in Sheffield – family recordings from VHS tapes, furniture, ornaments and collections of books – are treated as relics.

They began in London and followed the river Thames east towards Tilbury, where the Empire Windrush docked in 1948. There where your mind is free to wander or stay, there where your feet aren’t afraid to admit they are worn out. It has been on show in Pitts’ hometown of Sheffield at the Graves Gallery, and at the Stills Gallery in Edinburgh. Then they continued through Margate, Dover, Brighton, Southampton, Plymouth, Land’s End, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Blackpool, Belfast, Glasgow, John O’Groats, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Scarborough, Hull, Skegness, Orford Ness and Southend-on-Sea. Sometimes home is good food and good company, which could be a cob of maize and the company of ourselves.

Home is with the other half of your soul, the person who shares in your grief and helps you carry the burden of loss. This beautiful, haunting, thought-provoking fusion of poetry and photography offers us layers of society, the self, the subconscious and Britishness from a Black perspective.As a photographer, Johny has had work published by Cafe Royal Books and produced essays for the Guardian, The New York Times, Artangel and Arts Council England.

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