• Phyllis Dooney Gravity Is Stronger Here
  • Phyllis Dooney Gravity Is Stronger Here
  • Phyllis Dooney Gravity Is Stronger Here
  • Phyllis Dooney Gravity Is Stronger Here
  • Phyllis Dooney Gravity Is Stronger Here
  • Phyllis Dooney Gravity Is Stronger Here

Phyllis Dooney Gravity Is Stronger Here

Gravity Is Stronger Here is a creative nonfiction montage made from photographs by award-winning photographer Phyllis B. Dooney and docu-poems by critically acclaimed writer Jardine Libaire; it’s a book about looking for America in America. In 2011, Dooney visited Greenville, Mississippi, starting a five-year-long documentary project featuring Halea (who is openly gay) and her dynamic Southern American family. The Browns dream out loud while fighting the silent undertow of poverty and recurrent domestic narratives. In the cinematic and ambiguous photographs, and in the poems (constructed from interview transcripts and immersion with the family), the participants are candid about addiction, love, the military, domestic abuse, money, gay life, religion, loyalty, conspiracies, and freedom.

Dooney and Libaire also consider the limitations of an ethnographic approach by exploring transparency and collaboration particularly in Dooney’s first-person introduction, Libaire’s poem Outsiders, and in the music videos online (co-conceived with the Browns). The story is extended by its multimedia components which can be found at gravityisstrongerhere.com.


Hardcover 27 x 23 cm 200 pages 119 color illustrations English Available ISBN 978-3-86828-732-5 2016

Artist:

Phyllis Dooney

Editor:

Alison Morley

Texts:

Jardine Libaire

Design:

Patricia Fabricant


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