Name/TitlePrints: Theses on History
About this objectA set of nine Theses created by Brooke Palmieri (aka Camp Books) for their Weemin's Wark exhibition, Take Nothing For Granted.
In "Take Nothing for Granted: Theses on History" Brooke looks back on a decade of travelling around the USA, UK and Europe as a historian, digging through archives & charity shops in those places to grapple with the varying degrees to which the past permeates the present and foretells the future. These "theses" draw upon the 16th-century emblem tradition, playfully pairing mottos with symbolic images for the sake of quick & dirty history lessons from below, that is, from the perspective of an LGBT+ gatecrasher who tries not to take anything for granted.
Portfolio TitleTake Nothing For Granted
Medium and MaterialsOrganic, paper
Printed on Redeem 130gsm paper, using metallic gold and black soy-based inks.
MeasurementsH: 297 x W: 420 mm (individual theses)
Subject and Association KeywordsArt & design
Subject and Association Keywordswomen's work & labour
Subject and Association KeywordsLGBTQ+
Subject and Association DescriptionWeemin's Wark was a dynamic programme of community workshops, cultural research, artist exhibitions, and publishing activities which took place between January 2020 – July 2021. It was developed by Gaada with support from Up Helly Aa for Aa, Glasgow Women’s Library and Creative Scotland. The project worked to increase the visibility of women’s contribution to contemporary island culture. Weemin’s Wark provided a safe space in which to examine notions of labour for Women and allies who challenge structures of social and institutional inequality.
Brooke Palmieri is a writer, bookseller, and highly performative printmaker. They combine all of these roles in Camp Books (est. 2018), a platform for preserving, publishing and circulating LGBTQIA+ and gender non-conforming histories of the last millenia. Palmieri has delivered lectures, workshops and drag performances about queer archives and printing practices in the USA, UK, and Europe, and creates a steady stream of fresh prints to continue the tradition of their DIY-publishing forebears. Prior to founding Camp Books, they completed a PhD in history on the collective publication practices of 17th-century radicals in "Compelling Reading: The Circulation of Quaker Texts, 1650-1700." A native of Philadelphia, they have lived in London since 2010.
Named CollectionGlasgow Women's Library
Copyright LicenceAll rights reserved