A True & Exact History. Sonia Farmer.
A True & Exact History.
A True & Exact History.
A True & Exact History.
(Latinx Lives)

A True & Exact History.

Farmer, Sonia (illus.)

Iowa City: Poinciana Paper Press, 2018. Oblong 16mo. 192pp. One of twenty-five copies, signed by the artist. Printed in black, red, brown, and yellow, Famer's book is a shapeshifter, designed to disrupt the teleological assumptions put forth by colonizers and colonial historians of the Caribbean. She blends her own poetic fragments into imagery and language lifted from one of the seventeenth century's most formative descriptions of the English Caribbean, Richard Ligon's 1657 guidebook, A True and Exact History of the Barbadoes. The result is a profound, continual voice of resistance echoing through the land and landscape that Ligon so myopically, yet influentially, observed. Farmer goes a step further by scattering every element across nearly 100 unbound cards, intentionally opposing linear reading and inviting the reader to experience the Caribbean with genuine mutability. The cards are housed in a clamshell box, which has an extra slot to encourage shuffling; the piecemeal images suggest a puzzle to be found if everything could be laid out on a table or wall; there is an accompanying script so that the reader can encounter the text through sound, with speakers assigned to represent an ex-pat, an immigrant, an African enslaved person, a colonial enslaver, and even varying perspectives on the island itself. A fine, thoughtful production. Item #31048

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