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The Instagram Archipelago

Race, Gender, and the Lives of Dead Fish

Elliot C. Mason


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Set on Idan Hayosh's peculiar Instagram page of women holding dead fish, The Instagram Archipelago is a conversation with contemporary culture's logics of gender and race. Working through recent thinking in Black studies and Hayosh's satirical images, Elliot C. Mason presents the aesthetics of capitalism as a sea that makes everything the same, turning the world into a single form. The Instagram Archipelago brings radical antiracist and feminist scholarship to a general audience, applying a model of thinking beyond gender and race to the strange world of online fishing photos. This funny and fascinating book moves past the liberal celebration of gender and race, towards a tiny island of resistance in a growing archipelago.

Zero Books, 9781782798279, 216pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2022

About the Author

Elliot C. Mason is a poet, essayist, and PhD candidate at Uppsala University. He is the author of two collections of poetry - Materials for Building a City, and City Embers - and one academic book - Building Black: Towards Antiracist Architecture. His essays, poems, and translations are widely published, and his plays have been performed at many theatres. He lives with his partner near Uppsala, Sweden.