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Y tú, ¿por qué eres negro?
Rubén H.Bermúdez

Y tú, ¿por qué eres negro?
Rubén H. Bermúdez
Phree & Motto
English, Spanish, French


240 pages
160 x 120 mm
ISBN 9788494363598
ISBN 9788412669527/34/41


Can an autobiographical tale tell the personal stories of many? This is what Rubén H. Bermúdez achieves through the pages of the photo book ‘And you, why are you black?” where, starting from an investigation into the origins of black slavery in Spain, the author constructs an autobiographical tale that acts as a political essay, rescuing his memory captured in the images, conversations and symbols that marked his life and thus narrates the everyday and the extraordinary of a society seen from a black perspective.

A third edition of this book and an accompanying exhibition was launched at The Library Project as a part of the PhotoIreland 2023 festival. It was reissued in English, Spanish and French.

About the Artist
Born in Madrid in 1981, the visual artist Rubén H. Bermúdez is the author of the book And You, Why Are You Black? His work has been exhibited at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid as well as at the African Photography Encounters of Bamako. In 2021, he premiered his first feature film: We all like plantain. Rubén H.Bermúdez also co-founded the AfroConciencia collective.

About the Publisher

Motto was started by Alexis Zavialoff around 2007 and initiated as a distribution company for Switzerland, specializing in magazines and fanzines, a service which hardly existed before on the Swiss territory. The number of available publications kept growing and it now comprises more than 20000 titles, the catalogue being constantly updated. After establishing collaborations with major international distributors, the interest in books and smaller self-published items came naturally and it now constitutes a major part of Motto’s focus. Motto distributes more than 150 publishers to more than 100 locations worldwide.

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