Four Women, For Women: Caribbean Diaspora Artists Reimag(in)ing the Fine Art Canon

In keeping with my determination to continue publishing work on intersected issues of gender, race and geographic inclusivity, specifically in relation to museums, galleries and the arts – often against all the odds within a very exclusionary Euro-American academy – I am pleased that my research on Caribbean diaspora artists, initially compiled for conference presentations... Continue Reading →

Debates about “The War on Black Bodies” (Part 3) – some concluding thoughts on the arts in London

Following an extremely hard-fought and impassioned anti-racism campaign led by journalist and rights activist Sara Myers, the senior management team of the Barbican arts centre issued a formal statement on Tuesday 23rd September to confirm their cancellation of the controversial installation ‘Exhibit B - Third World Bunfight’ by South African ‘artist’ Brett Bailey, which was scheduled... Continue Reading →

Debates about the “The War on Black Bodies,” situated in contrasting cultural spaces in New York and London

“How can we transform the ways in which identity is conceived so that identities do not emerge and function only through the oppression and subordination of other social identities?” – Elizabeth Grosz (2011). Source: Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art (Grosz, 2011: 89) “The War on Black Bodies” (Part 1) – the... Continue Reading →

Twenty Pound Spectacle: Brett Bailey (Exhibit B)

The following article written by art historian Yvette Greslé presents a very detailed, beautifully written and carefully considered critique of Brett Bailey's 'Exhibit B' project - which also (in turn) cites curator and academic Okwui Enwezor's well-informed words of wisdom: "Despite the sincerity of the artists who have brazenly maintained a relationship in their work with... Continue Reading →

‘Exhibit B’ : A poignant performance art piece, or just the latest incarnation of a racist ‘human zoo’?

Anyone who saw the Guardian’s recent Edinburgh Festival review of Brett Bailey’s controversial installation ‘Exhibit B’ – featuring African men and women sitting inside cages, with labels stating “The blacks have been fed”, and others chained to chairs and beds in equally dehumanizing poses (seemingly to challenge audiences to reflect on the brutalities of European racism... Continue Reading →

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