British Black Art in the 1980s: Visualising the Political Aesthetics of Sufferation, Resistance and Liberation

PRELUDE: Reflections from Stuart Hall about the history and significance of the British 'Black Art' movement during the 1980s: "This new 'horizon' produced a polemical and politicised art: a highly graphic, iconographic art of line and montage, cut-out and collage, image and slogan: the 'message' often appearing too pressing, too immediate, too literal, to brook... Continue Reading →

Thin Black Lines: marking time – on faces, within networks, and in exhibition spaces…

As I stood in front of Jelena Bulajic's large-scale portrait of Alise Lange (2013) mesmerised by the network of fine wrinkles covering her face,  my momentary thoughts merged with memories of another contemporary artwork that came back to mind in sharp focus – the image of Lubaina Himid's topological art map, Thin Black Line(s) (2011). In Bulajic's work, her mixed-media artistic cartography of facial lines... Continue Reading →

Africa’s contemporary art change-makers – Who would feature at the top of your list?

A recent series of articles posted to the AADAT (African & Afro-Diasporan Art Talks) website features a selection of visual artists described as "14 Contemporary Artists Who Are Challenging the Definition of African Art." The listing was compiled by art historian Martina Dodd and (at the time of writing this blog) features the following 8 out of 14 leading... Continue Reading →

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