Through researching the form of a letter, Francis McKee examined this everyday item that has generated its own global delivery system and has helped establish, grow and develop communities through its post office branches, that remain at the centre of many communities. Yet the practice of writing letters at present teeters on the edge of extinction, with email and social media apps rendering the medium antique. The form of the letter once offered the possibility of an intimacy unlike any other, an intimacy based on distance and the unavailability of a loved one.
McKee is a writer, curator and photographer. He works at both Glasgow School of Art and CCA. Recently he has published two books: How to Know What’s Really Happening (Sternberg 2016) and Even the Dead Rise Up (Book Works, 2017).