If UR Reading This It's 2 Late: Vol. 1-3

Tony Cokes

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art


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Tony Cokes’s video works are eviscerating critiques and affective art works, bringing together colour theory, sound, music, and texts quoting a polyphony of voices such as Aretha Franklin, Mark Fisher, David Bowie, Public Enemy and Donald Trump. Meeting political and social commentary with cultural theory and a critique of capitalism, Cokes’ films confront the social condition, as well as the specific prejudices and threats suffered by black subjects. This publication is the first monograph on his practice, and creates a visual cartography of a body work that spans twenty years.

It features four critical pathways into Cokes’s practice, with essays contributed by Christoph Cox, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Sohrab Mohebbi, and a dialogue between Cokes and artist Kerry Tribe.

This book is published as a companion to Cokes’ solo exhibition If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol. 1–3, across three international art institutions; Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University and ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts, Brussels.

Edited by Natasha Hoare, Curator, Goldsmiths CCA



Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art is London’s newest contemporary arts institution, and open to everyone. Hosting world-class exhibitions by international artists, and providing a space for established and emergent practices, the institution aims to enhance Goldsmiths’ reputation for excellence and innovation in the arts. Curatorially ambitious, the exhibition programme has been devised to encompass a wide-range of exhibition-making, including new commissions, historical presentations, survey exhibitions, and long-term research projects.