Knit Club

@ Drake, Carolyn



Presentation by TBW Books:

" A foreboding meditation in the vein of Southern Gothic literature, Drake's most recent body of work emerged through her collaboration with an enigmatic group of women from Mississippi loosely calling themselves « Knit Club. » The nature of the club is ambiguous. It is a cross between a gang, a cult of mysteries, and a group of friends bound by secrets only they share.

The book follows a narrative structure loosely borrowed from Faulkner's As I Lay Dying–– that is to say, not one omniscient narrator but many disparate stream-of-consciousness voices. We sense the authorship of the photographs to be collaborative, the result of creative play between Drake and the club in which she found herself embedded, their process a kind of alchemy.

In the style of the Gothic, Drake's masterful use of color to create mood opens the door to the tension between the real and the supernatural. What we find, however, is not grotesque but something vital. A community that manages to exist outside the gaze or control of men. Women, children, and mothers, shrouded in masks and mystery to live a life on their own terms. "

Essay in English by Rebecca Bengal.

118 pages - Hardcover

TBW Books, 2020

Format : 20.3 x 27.9 cm

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Drake, Carolyn

Carolyn Drake is an American photographer; she is a member of Magnum Photos. Her projects are centered around a community, and are usually unfolding over several years. Her first two photobooks are based in Central Asia : "Two Rivers" (self-published, 2013) explores the recent history of the valleys of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers,  and "Wild Pigeon" (self-published, 2014) where she meets and exchanges with Uyhur populations . She then self-publishes again, in 2017, "Internat" made from long exchanges with women living in a former Soviet orphanage. He first book with a publisher is "Knit Club" (TBW Books, 2020), a project about an enigmatic community of women in Mississippi that give themselves this name.
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