“Scholars say that Africans don’t have a word for art. I say, Westerners don’t have a word for art. What is art? Westerners say, art is something that’s never used; art for art’s sake. What sort of art is never used? All art is used. African Art is heavily used. My definition of art is, something that is used to express people’s ideas about the world they live in. In my mind, this means, Africans are the only people who understand art and that we, the Westerners are the only people who don’t have a word for art.”
Published by BlackMass Publishing, New York, 2019.
BlackMass Publishing is an independent press promoting and publishing material by Black Artists.
Founded by Yusuf Hassan in 2019, BlackMass Publishing is a New York-based collective and independent press promoting and publishing material by Black Artists. BlackMass Publishing is interested in facilitating conversation while fostering community through visual language; focusing on Blackness, it’s effects and affects through representations in images and text.
BlackMass have publications included in the permanent book collections of the Schomburg for Research in black culture Harlem (New York), RAW Material Company (Dakar), The Center For Book Arts (New York), The Watson Library at The MET, The New York Public Library, The New York Langston Hughes Library, and The Evergreen State College.