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Helen Cammock: I Will Keep My Soul

Helen Cammock: I Will Keep My Soul

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Published on the occasion of Helen Cammock: I Will Kepp My Soul presented at Art + Practice in collaboration with California African American Museum, February 11, 2023–August 5, 2023.

Convening polyphonous voices from past and present, I Will Keep My Soul is an orchestral layering of photography, historical documents, poetry and interviews, rooted in the history, geography and community of New Orleans.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

  • Siglio, Rivers Institute, CAAM, 2023
  • Hardcover with 188 pages
  • 8 x 11 inches

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