Remix & Metamorphosis: Visual Art in “Punching the Air”

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The subjects of making visual art and its histories are intertwined threads skillfully woven together throughout Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam’s powerful and poetic book. This session will discuss and look at the book’s references to art movements, artists, and specific works of art, and finally, consider the transformative remix strategy employed by Shahid with examples by contemporary Black artists in the U.S.

Dr. Rhonda Reymond, Ph.D., is an art historian and associate director of the Humanities Center at West Virginia University. Her area of specialization is art history of the United States with an emphasis in late-nineteenth and early twentieth- century art and architecture, and particularly work created by Black artists.

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About One Book One Town 2021

The Fairfield Public Library and its community partners are happy to announce the One Book One Town selection for 2021 – Punching the Air by award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and Dr. Yusef Salaam.  This is the story of a tragic event leading to an unjust imprisonment and its impact on the family and community. It is also a story of how the power of art and poetry can create strength and community.

Ibi Zoboi is the New York Times Bestselling author of American Street, a National Book Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. Her writing has been published widely.

Dr. Yusef Salaam was just fifteen years old when his life was upended after being wrongly convicted with four other boys in the “Central Park Jogger” case.  In 2002, after the young men spent years of their lives behind bars, their sentences were overturned.  They are now known as The Exonerated Five.  Their story has been documented in the award-winning film The Central Park Five and in the highly acclaimed series When They See Us.  Dr. Salaam is now a poet, prison reform activist, and inspirational speaker.  He received a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 among other honors.


February 17, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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