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Images by Hannah Whitaker

Edited by Nicholas Muellner and Catherine Taylor

Text by Dawn Chan and David Levine

Hardcover, 7 x 10.5 in. / 98 pgs / 44 color.

These beautiful, unsettling and playful photographs show how certain sci-fi tropes—from digital servants to sex robots—have been consistently gendered as female.

The latest photobook from Brooklyn-based photographer Hannah Whitaker (born 1980) imagines the embodied forms of personified technology which have long been central to sci-fi narratives: digital servants, sex robots, machine-learning projects.

Ursula addresses the consistency with which these figures are gendered as female, subservient and sexualized, and slyly points to our society's insidious failures to fully see women without imposing such roles and distinctions.

Immersed in techno-futuristic design tropes, Whitaker's photographs—at once playful, maximalist and estranging—are accompanied by texts by David Levine and Dawn Chan.


Join us at Printed Matter's Virtual Art Book Fair on February 26, 2021 at 3 PM EST for a launch and reading of Ursula by contributing writers Dawn Chan and David Levine in conversation with Hannah Whitaker. The iTi Press table will go live on February 24, 2021.