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Winter in America.

Photographs by Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi, with an essay by Carla Williams.
81 Press, San Francisco, 2006. 64 pp., 31 full-color illustrations, 9¼x9¼".



Publisher's Description
'Winter in America is a collaboration between Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi based on the murder of Songha Thomas Willis, who was killed outside of Club Evolution in Philadelphia on February 2, 2000. The title of the project was borrowed from the 1974 Gil Scott-Heron album of the same name. The story is derived from interviews with Todd Rose and Teddy Paterson, the main eyewitnesses to the crime, and notes taken by Leslie Willis-Lowry, the victim's mother, during the ensuing murder trial. This project is comprised of a stop-motion animation short film and a book of photographs. Both elements enlist G.I. Joe action figures that the artists once used to create similar violent narratives as children. The packaging for the action figures reads, 'for children ages 5+,' even though they all come with guns. Through this project the artists examine the breeding of a culture of violence in young boys, who are invited to author violent scenarios before they can even read.'

-Endnote by Hank Willis Thomas

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