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After Identity, What? is part of the artist Hank Willis Thomas's 1969 series. P.S.1 invited Thomas and other artists to respond to the year 1969, a period marked with revolution and sociopolitical tumult. The artists made work utilizing images from magazines of the period and juxtaposed them with text derived from the same publications. The resulting pieces demonstrate the concerns and social values of the era and reflect a historical perspective only the passage of time can provide.

Aperture published Willis Thomas’s first monograph Pitch Blackness (2008) and released the now sold-out limited-edition photograph Black Power.


Hank Willis Thomas (born in Plainfield, New Jersey, 1976) received his BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. He has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, including the Studio Museum in Harlem; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; Leica Gallery, New York; and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. Willis Thomas is the first recipient of the Aperture West Book Prize.

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