Book Launch: James Hannaham presents Pilot Impostor
In conversation with Susan Briante
On a flight from Cape Verde to Lisbon in early 2017, Bronx-born, Brooklyn-based artist and writer James Hannaham had ideas about unfitness for service and failures of leadership heavy on his mind. Those musings crystallized when he opened Richard Zenith’s translated anthology of Fernando Pessoa to the first poem, “The Keeper of Sheep”, and read: “I’ve never kept sheep / But it’s as if I did.” In his new book Pilot Impostor, Hannaham takes up the complex, contradictory mantle of the Portuguese experimentalist, responding to his work in prose and images that use Pessoa’s poems and the history of air disasters to investigate con men, identity politics, failures of leadership, the privilege of ineptitude, the slave trade, and the nature of consciousness. Greenlight welcomes Hannaham, in conversation with Susan Briante (Defacing the Monument), for a celebration of this “wild symphony of language, image, and philosophico-political outrage” (Anna Moschovakis).