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YAMOTFABAATA, Shane Rocheleau, 2018




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You are Masters of the Fish and Birds and All the Animals is the first monograph from Shane Rocheleau, printed in an edition of 500. 

"For the past three years, I have been making work about white American masculinity. I am scarred but exceptionally privileged by it, and thus responsible to address it.

White American masculinity is a construct. It is the subtext in detergent and power tool ads, crystallized at football games and in sermons, described in the design of little boy’s clothing. It undergirds our politics and religiosity, and permeates our homes. And it’s scary.

You may notice that if you aren’t white enough or man enough, they’ll put you through hell. They’ll tease you and shove you down and feel better about themselves for beating you. So am I winning yet, I ask? Have I won the American dream? When others look at me, do they know that I am both the problem and the activist? I know what I’m fighting against. And I am it."  Shane Rocheleau, January 2018








AUTHOR: Shane Rocheleau
TITLE: YAMOTFABAATA
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018
ISBN: 978-0-9985180-5-3
112 Pages, 56 colour plates
190x250x14mm, 760 grams
EDITION: 500; First edition, first printing



Shane Rocheleau was born in Falmouth, Massachussetts in 1977. He received his BA (1999) in Psychology and English from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (2005) in Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and his MFA (2007) in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He has taught photography as an Assistant Professor of Art at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, as an Adjunct at numberous institutions, and presently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at VCU.

Rocheleau has exhibited in the United States, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Australia, Ukraine, The United Kingdom, India, and Germany. This work has been featured in several online and print publications, including Lensculture, The Reservoir, Humble Arts FoundationLenscratch, Humble Arts Foundation, A New Nothing, Paripe Books, Der Greif, It’s Nice That, and the New South Journal of Art and Literature.

He currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.