Folio Society: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness
My entry for the a Folio Society contest.
 
This is not a project I am wholey happy with, becuase I was actually deeply horrified and disgusted with this book. It purports to explore the "darkness of people within" but mostly it seemed to spend a great deal of time demonizing the native people and had undertones of "there but for the grace of god go I." It was a problematic, dated text that warrents a much deeper scrutiny than was possible given the timeframe of this project. 
 
While I was working on this project I read Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" as a companion text, which was a similar story but told from the Africans' perspective. A much more nuanced way of looking at the brutality of colonialism.

I have considered removing this project from Behance because my take on this book was never made clear, exactly. I reject this book, I dispise it, and I do not think we should be reading it any more, unless it were inter-cut with Achebe's book, as a sort of literary remix. (And I doubt he would have consented to this, given what he thought of the book.)
 
In addition -- on a completely petty level -- I also don't think the pictures I made were that successful, except for one. I think it sums up how I feel about this book, its author, and this whole period of history. So it will remain. 
Folio Society: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness
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Folio Society: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

My entry for The Folio Society and House of Illustration's 2014 book competition.
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