Helen Cammock: I Will Keep My Soul

Helen Cammock: I Will Keep My Soul
Library Shelf Location 18.CAMM
Publication Date 18 Apr 2023

A gorgeous book object engaging New Orleans’ multilayered histories of race, art and politics, from the acclaimed Turner Prize winner.

Convening polyphonous voices from past and present, I Will Keep My Soul is an orchestral layering of photography, historical documents, poetry and interviews, rooted in the history, geography and community of New Orleans.

In this tactile artist's book, UK-based artist Helen Cammock (born 1970) traverses the city, rendering her observations and encounters into texts and images that reveal its invisible histories. These sequences are woven with correspondence and photographs from the Amistad Research Center that evince artist Elizabeth Catlett's struggle for agency and support during her 1976 commission to create a bronze monument to Louis Armstrong in Congo Square―a place laden with histories of both oppression and celebration. Cammock interlaces more archival materials―newspaper clippings, instructions for activists, a 19th-century book on Creole slave songs―to articulate the long struggle for civil rights. I Will Keep My Soul is a uniquely American story of art and activism, culture and capital, being and belonging.

ISBN 9781938221330
Quantity 1
Pages 188
Authors Jordan Amirkhani, Andrea Andersson, Roshanak Kheshti, Kristina Kay Robinson
Format Hardback
Publisher Siglio Press
Category Artists' Monographs A-Z
Keywords New Orleans, Civil rights, Race, art and politics, photography, Historical documents
Language English

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