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A beautifully illustrated book-length publication on the contemporary artist and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Garrett Bradley, whose quietly devastating work blurs the space between fact and fiction.

Garrett Bradley works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, and cultural histories in the United States. Her collaborative and research-based approach to filmmaking is often inspired by the real-life stories of her protagonists. This book explores Bradley's work through the lens of devotion and features conversations with the artist and contributions from the likes of Ashley Clark, Arthur Jafa, Joy James, Tyler Mitchell, Kevin Quashie, and Claudia Rankine. This is the first volume in a new series of readers copublished with Lisson Gallery entitled Re: , which will respond to a number of its artists and themes past and present.

Adopting archival material alongside newly shot footage, Bradley's films exist simultaneously in the past, present, and future, not only disrupting our perception of time, but also breaking down our preconceived ideas about objectivity, perspective, and truth-telling. These narratives unfold naturally in both feature-length and short form, revealing a multitude of individual and collective stories. The social, economic, and racial politics of everyday life--its joys, pleasures, and pains--are lyrically and intimately rendered on screen.


Garrett Bradley is an artist and filmmaker. Her Academy Award-nominated documentary Time (2020) was nominated for over 57 awards and won a Peabody Award as well as Best Director at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, making her the first Black woman to win Best Director. Her debut feature was included in President Barack Obama's "Favorite Films list," as well as Time's "25 Defining Works of the Black Renaissance" and their annual "Best 100 Films of the Century."


  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publish Date: February 27, 2024
  • Pages: 376
  • Dimensions: 6.54 X 9.07 X 0.99 inches | 1.59 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardcover
  • EAN/UPC: 9780262048798
  • BISAC Categories: History - Contemporary (1945- ), Individual Artists - General, Film & Video
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