Corruption by Christopher Kit Maddox is an anthology of ten hostile statements made by powerful world leaders. Each chapter relays the message from 80 languages via machine translation systems, gradually transforming hateful speech into vague and powerless quotations. The final page of each chapter concludes with a revitalized poetic interpretation of the chapter’s message. Vibrant and busy spreads balance the intense, word-heavy collections of art as text, bringing process poetry to life. The book includes a small pamphlet insert entitled "We Will Bury You," explaining the actual meaning and misinterpretations behind the infamous quote of Nikita Khrushchev where intent was lost through translation and interpretation.
Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC
Social, political, cultural and geographical boundaries, text art, process poetry
11" x 6.5” - 76 pages including cover
Perfect bound paperback
Paper, Vellum, Ink
Printed four color offset
Kit Maddox, Christopher, "Corruption" (2019). Rollins College Book Arts Collection. 3.
This work was featured in the Olin Library as a part of the exhibition “Common Ground: Selected Works from The Rollins Book Arts Collection” from September 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021.