Reaching for Dawn by Elliott Verdier
. First edition (2021). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. Signed by Elliott Verdier to title page. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Reaching for Dawn by Elliott Verdier
So, this is a photobook by Elliott Verdier.
Witnessing Liberia's post-civil war mechanisms of resilience. A country where the population's rampant trauma is left unattended.
"Of the bloody civil war (1989-2003) that decimated Liberia, its population does not speak. No proper memorial has been built, no day is dedicated to commemoration. The country, still held by several protagonists of the carnage, refuses to condemn its perpetrators.
This deafening silence, that resonates internationally, denies any possibility of social recognition or collective memory of the massacres. Condemning Liberia still to an endless feeling of abandonment and drowsy resignation. The trauma carved into the population's flesh is crystallized in the society's weak foundations. Still imbued with an unsound Americanism, and bleeds onto a new generation with an uncertain future.
Over a two year period, Elliott Verdier produced this photographic and sound work, with images from across the entire country. From the diamond mines of Gbarpolu then to the fishing harbors of Harper and through the immense slum of Westpoint. The analog photographs, made with a large format camera, offer two interweaved narratives. One in black & white and then the other in color."
- Texts by Gaël Faye (Rwandan-French singer / rapper and writer / songwriter) and by Leymah Gbowee (Liberian activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate), in French and also English.
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