Black In/visibilities Contested – Conference Review, Lisbon, July 2019

“Black In/visibilities Contested” was the title of the 7th Biennial Afroeuropeans Network Conference, held at the ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa), University of Lisbon, Portugal, 4-6th July 2019. In keeping with previous gatherings, this transdisciplinary event provided a forum for knowledge exchange and critical dialogues pertaining to the histories, lived experiences, cultural geographies, political activism... Continue Reading →

“Senses of Time”: an exhibition co-organized by LACMA and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (2016-17)

"Senses of Time" is a series of films and video-based contemporary artworks by six artists from the global African diasporas. In each case the contributors invite their audiences to consider the various tensions, contradictions and ambiguities that can exist between personal and political time, ritual and technological time, and corporeal and mechanical temporalities. The following six film and... Continue Reading →

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s (V and A Museum, London)

Room 38a at the V&A Museum currently features a series of photographic reflections on black British lived experiences over a period of five decades, captured by selected African and Caribbean diaspora artists and photo journalists who came to prominence between the early '50s and the 1990s. The photographs are a sample of relatively recent acquisitions for the V&A's growing collection... Continue Reading →

A new photographic installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE, inspired by William Morris

'The William Morris Family Album' is the title of a new photography exhibition and costume display at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, east London, featuring a new installation of photographic tableaux created by British-Nigerian contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. In preparation for the exhibition Shonibare undertook extensive research into the life and work of William Morris, as well... 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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