Ruffneck Constructivists by Kara Walker
Published to accompany a group exhibition curated by artist Kara Walker at ICA Philadelphia, February 12–August 17, 2014, Ruffneck Constructivists brings together 11 international artists in order to define a contemporary manifesto of urban architecture and change.
Inspired by both the Russian Constructivists and McLyte's 1993 hit song Ruffneck, the phrase "Ruffneck Constructivists" evokes thuggishness as an expression of abjection. The book features sculpture, photography and video by the artists Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kendell Geers, Arthur Jafa, Jennie C. Jones, Kahlil Joseph, Deana Lawson, Rodney McMillian, Pope.L, Tim Portlock, Lior Shvil, and Szymon Tomsia.
As Walker states, "Ruffneck Constructivists are defiant shapers of environments. Whatever their gender affiliation, Ruffnecks go hard when all around them they see weakness, softness, compromise, sermonizing, poverty, and lack; they don't change the world through conscious actions, instead they build themselves into the world one assault at a time."
Texts by Amy Sadao, Kara Walker, and Craig L. Wilkins.
Published by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2014, hardcover with jacket, 96 pages, 10 x 8.5 inches.