Perpetual Slavery by Ciarán Finlayson

Book launch and conversation with Ciarán and Ben Davis
October 3, 2023

In Perpetual Slavery, Ciarán Finlayson investigates the relationship of art to freedom in the work of Cameron Rowland and Ralph Lemon, who both utilize imagery of labor haunted and structured by the historical experience of slavery. Finlayson suggests that these two artists’ work overcomes the dichotomy between the recording of history and its interpretation by making both the object of artistic experience, thereby providing a space to grasp the continuing effects of slavery. Published by Floating Opera Press.

Finlayson will be joined in conversation by Ben Davis, National Art Critic at Artnet.

Ciarán Finlayson is a writer and editor based in New York. His essays have appeared in periodicals including Artforum, Bookforum, 032C, and in several exhibition catalogues. He is the managing editor of Blank Forms Editions.