Plattform: Kandis Williams

On the occasion of Cassandra Press’ exhibition On Self-Defense – a Cassandra Press Reader in action. Co-curated by Jade Guarano Kuriki-Olivo (Puppies Puppies’, Bergen Kunsthall is pleased to have artist Kandis Williams introduce the work of Cassandra Press.

Cassandra Press was founded in 2016 by artist Kandis Williams as a pedagogically based independent publishing project. At its core, Cassandra Press examines tools of perception and racism, and their dominant role and expressions, within the current sociocultural systems. The press publishes lo-fi readers with texts by Black critical theorists, organises courses and produces artist zines and catalogs covering a broad range of topics that fuse questions of ethics, racial colonial violence, white supremacist delusion, and aesthetics.

Some recent Cassandra Press publications include Misogynoir, a reflection on sexual violence and slavery’s perversion of sexuality; Black Twitter, a crash course on media theory, literacy and intersections with critical race theory; and Cannibalism, Blackface & Minstrelsy. The Cassandra Press artist zine series curated and commissioned by Williams, invites artists to publish conceptual texts, original and sourced artworks, essays, poems and stories.

Plattform is Bergen Kunsthall’s series of lectures and debates with artists and prominent thinkers. These events are streamed on our website.