Kyle Meyer: Interwoven (Hardcover)

Kyle Meyer: Interwoven By Kyle Meyer (Photographer), Andy Campbell (Interviewee) Cover Image

Kyle Meyer: Interwoven (Hardcover)

By Kyle Meyer (Photographer), Andy Campbell (Interviewee)


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Swazi craft meets digital photography in Kyle Meyer's astounding woven photos of a silenced LGBTQ community

Kyle Meyer (born 1985) has worked between eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and New York City since 2009, creating richly tactile artworks as conceptually complex as they are visually lush. In this debut monograph, Meyer's portraits from his Interwoven series fuse digital photography with traditional Swazi crafts, giving voice to silenced members of the LGBTQ community. Tension between the necessity of the individuals to hide their queerness for basic survival and their desire to express themselves openly inform both the subject and the means of fabricating Meyer's unique works.

Each piece from the Interwoven series is labor-intensive, taking days or sometimes weeks to complete. Meyer often photographs his subjects wearing a traditional headwrap made from a vibrantly colored textile. He then produces a print of the portrait and shreds it, together with the fabric from the headwrap, weaving the strips into patterned three-dimensional works. The final portrait presents each person's individuality while using the fabric as a screen to protect their identity. Included in each copy of this book is a unique piece of fabric torn from the remnants of the Interwoven project, intended to serve as a bookmark.
Product Details ISBN: 9781942185680
ISBN-10: 1942185685
Publisher: Radius Books
Publication Date: June 9th, 2020
Pages: 192
Language: English