In conversation: BlackMass Publishing and Grace Wales Bonner
Founded by Yusuf Hassan in 2019, BlackMass Publishing is a New York-based collective and independent press promoting publishing material by black artists and cultural producers. Guided by an improvisational process informed by jazz poetics and various other black aesthetic modalities, their books and zines place archival images and texts in affective proximity to facilitate conversation and foster community.
On 8 November 2022, ahead of the London release of their latest publication 'a tooth for a tooth' at Tenderbooks, Lisson Gallery hosted a conversation between founder, Yusuf Hassan, frequent collaborator, Kwamé Sorrell, and Grace Wales Bonner. The conversation was moderated by cultural researcher, Liam Sangmuah. BlackMass additionally presented a selection of visual materials informing their practice in the gallery.