Got To Go by Rosalind Fox Solomon

Got To Go 
by Rosalind Fox Solomon


144 pages
79 black & white plates
8.25 x 10 in.
Hardcover with trimmed dust jacket;
MACK, 2016


$35


Publisher’s Description:


Rosalind Fox Solomon spent five months in Israel and the West Bank during 2010–11, working in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nahariya, Bethlehem and Jenin. Travelling by local bus along with commuter workers, she photographed Jewish teenagers at Purim, Christians at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Ghanaian pilgrims at the Mount of Olives. The photographs contain numerous interwoven narratives, some with particular political charge, such as the casket of Juliano Mer-Khamis, a Palestinian activist of dual descent who established the Freedom Theatre, assassinated during Solomon's visit to the territory. Her photographs are informed by an acute sensitivity to lives conditioned by race and religion, ethnicity and location. Through a cacophonous image sequence, Solomon articulates the turmoil of her experience of the region, recounting 'I felt the tension. The stress.... I wanted to express the chaos and pressure that was around me'. Punctuating the images are fragments of text – amusing and frightening background conversations, recorded in Solomon's journal; the texts reveal the humanity of each person photographed, a window onto lives conditioned by violence and uncertainty.

Part memoir and part fiction, Got To Go presents a collection of photographs from across Rosalind Fox Solomon’s life, contrasting a narrative of her own early years with other, urgent images that reveal a wider vision of the world, one outside of the rigid boundaries imposed by society and the home. If biography is a net cast upon us by family and shaped by social codes, Fox Solomon lays bare the limits of the net, as she negotiates the cusp between lived life and her imagination. Describing the work as a “tragicomedy”, full of both humour and pathos, Fox Solomon probes the limits we impose on ourselves, not only social codes but also the inherited tenets which are so difficult to escape.



Got To Go by Rosalind Fox Solomon
Got To Go by Rosalind Fox Solomon

Got To Go by Rosalind Fox Solomon
Got To Go by Rosalind Fox Solomon
Got To Go by Rosalind Fox Solomon
 
Got To Go by Rosalind Fox Solomon
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