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Stranger in the Village

Stranger in the Village

Le racisme au miroir de James Baldwin

Edited by Céline Eidenbenz
Edited by Sarah Mühlebach


Publishing 24th Apr 2024
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    • An artistic exploration of the highly topical subject of racism in the art and culture industry
    • Published in the run-up to the American writer James Baldwin’s centenary on August 2, 2024
    • Baldwin’s perennial essay Stranger in the Village is reprinted in the book in the original English and supplemented by a glossary of terms relevant to contemporary discourses on racism
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    James Baldwin’s perennial essay as a starting point for artistic exploration of racism.

    James Baldwin (1924–1987) penned his famous essay Stranger in the Village in the early 1950s during a stay in the Swiss Alpine village of Loèches-les-Bains. It is the starting point for an artistic examination of the subject of racism in Switzerland, and in the art and culture industries in particular, that is documented in this multilingual French/German book.

    Works by international contemporary artists — including Igshaan Adams, Kader Attia, Omar Ba, James Bantone, Marlene Dumas, Melanie Grauer, Jonathan Horowitz, Sasha Huber, Pierre Koralnik, Glenn Ligon, Martine Syms, and others—react to Baldwin’s literary-political treatise. Essays contributed by distinguished authors supplement the artistic debate and highlight the consequences of the prevailing structural racism.

    The book is an invitation to break taboos. It holds a mirror up to us, raising questions that concern us all, and reveals the topicality of everyday racism to every one of us through the artworks it features.

    Text in French, English and German.

    About the Author

    Céline Eidenbenz is a curator and head of the programme group at the Aargauer Kunsthaus in Aarau, Switzerland, where Sarah Mühlebach works as a research assistant.

    Scheidegger & Spiess
    Publish date
    24th Apr 2024
    Paperback / softback
    World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
    240 mm x 170 mm
    288 Pages
    115 color, 6 b&w
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