Merging fabric with image, Meyer first photographs his subjects - friends and other members of the silenced LGBTQ community in Swaziland (now Eswatini)--wearing head wraps traditionally worn by women, which he hand-makes by tying, knotting, and twisting African wax print fabrics in colors and patterns selected by each sitter. He then creates a large-scale print of the portrait and hand-shreds the photograph with the head wrap, weaving the strips together to make a textured, three-dimensional work. Meyer's weavings provide a screen to safeguard the sitter's anonymity while allowing for the expression of each man's individuality and difference.
Included in each copy of this book is a unique piece of fabric torn from the remnants of the Interwoven project. It is intended to serve as a bookmark.
Yossi Milo Gallery hosted a curbside book signing for Kyle Meyer's first book, Interwoven, on Thursday, September 10, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Signed copies are still available. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-published by Radius Books / Yossi Milo
Hardcover / 11 x 12.75 inches
80 images / 192 pages
Photography by Kyle Meyer
Foreword by Todd J. Tubutis
Interview by Andy Campbell