David Hernandez

Akosua Viktoria Adu-Sanyah

Historical Dust (2022, Edition of 1)

Poem by David Hernandez visually interpreted by Akosua (pronounced ‘A-koss-ya) Viktoria Adu-Sanyah alias Ava Silvery. The piece is based on digitally manipulated declassified public domain footage from nuclear weapon tests recorded in the 1950s.

Ava Silvery is an internationally exhibited and published German-Ghanaian visual artist and documentary photographer based in Zürich, Switzerland. Her work is frequently awarded for exploring new territories through image-making and research. Most recently, she received the Prix d’art Contemporain Robert Schuman and the Prix Photoforum for her poetic and political photographic body of work ‘Inheritance – Poems of Non-Belonging’. She equally engages in documentary work and conceptual arts, while bridging the gap from the metaverse to real-world impact with long-term bodies of work such as ‘Behold The Ocean’.

Debuted at the Digital Francisco Carolinum in Cryptovoxels on April 1, 2022.

Historical Dust

History counts the dead in the blast radius
when the pencil snaps. Cold wind, low sun. Exodus
of bedraggled clouds where the clock tower once stood.
No whittling knife, no means to free lead from wood
as a lone figure roams over rubble—soundless.