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Delve into new PTP publication Silent Weapons

April 2019

Elucid (left); Armand Hammer aka Elucid & Billy Woods

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Other Icon’s Via App (left) and Yatta (King Vision Ultra is not pictured)


Wormwatcher’s Geng and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste

A range of images from PTP's new book of shots from their charitable gig series

Silent Weapons by Richard R Ross is a photo document of the New York City collective's first year of live shows. During 2018 they raised $2600 for various bail abolition organisations and prison library programmes and raised over $1650 for immigrants’ rights via Black Alliance For Just Immigration and Kids In Need Of Defense (KIND). They also donated hundreds of books to library services at Rikers Island and elsewhere.

“We believe it gives an honest snapshot of not only the energy of the so-called scene,” state the collective, “but what we stand for in terms of destroying borders (be it gender norms, genre, geographical, etc) whilst elevating these diverse narratives and how we can mobilise to push forward as a collective.

“This is a document of real energy in action.”

All photos are by Richard R Ross. The initial publication was launched at Come Together Fest at MoMA PS1. Its worldwide publication date is set for 19 April. Pre-order on Bandcamp.

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