White Skin, Black Masks: On the “Decolonial Desire” of Vasco Araújo

by Efua Bea I walked into the opening of Vasco Araújo’s Decolonial Desire exhibition, his first UK solo show, at Autograph ABP last month with somewhat low expectations. I guess I’ve just become a little tired of white men getting lots of funding and lots of space to tell me about my Blackness, the history… Read More

Interview: Black Art in Focus

by Jagdish Patel  The Black Art in Focus exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery brings together paintings and prints from a number of important Black artists from the past 30 years showing us the range of artistic techniques, styles, ideas and themes which have been present in the work of Black British artists over this time.… Read More

ART AND EMPIRE @ TATE BRITAIN

by Zarina Muhammad   Institutions can never satisfactorily deal with confronting colonialism’s past and present. That is a fact. They never go far enough. There is never any real denouncement, never any sincere apology, or rather, confrontation of the subject. I went to see Artist and Empire with some brown friends and we were loud and… Read More

Black Cyborgs

Interview: TMC Collective by Rianna Jade Parker  The three-year project led by Autograph ABP, The Missing Chapter, saw its second chapter open in January to a crowd of merry Londoners escaping the cold and spilling onto every floor of Rivington Place. The exhibition showcased the visual work of eight different artists using mediums ranging from… Read More

Exhibition of the Year: No Colour Bar: Black Art in Action 1960-1990

by Hamja Ahsan    There is an entire generation of us – of younger artists, aspiring art historians and curators of colour – who went to art school inspired by Rasheed Araeen’s attempts to readdress race equality and the imperialist legacy of British modern art institutions. We remained too young to visit landmark exhibitions like… Read More

Unrest

by Karen Williams With the prevalence of Islam-related news headlines, it is tempting to forget that the everyday still takes place in Muslim-majority areas: the going to school, the heartbreak, food and dance, and through the centuries, the constant production of art. This is the context shaping the work of groundbreaking South African photographers Husain… Read More

Ronald Moody: Archival explorations of a Black Jamaican artist in interwar London

by Gemma Romain  For the past three years Caroline Bressey and I have been researching interwar Black history in relation to London’s art world. The African and Asian presence in Britain in this period is fascinating and crucial to our understanding of modern British history, yet it has been systematically neglected within British historiography. Those… Read More

‘People have to know who you are’ – Between East and West

Wei Ming Kam “So, you’re Chinese, right?” I’m 12 years old and sitting next to the only other British-born Chinese girl in my year. In a secondary school with 150 girls in each year, that might make some kids feel isolated. For me, this feels largely normal. The current conversation though, with a row of… Read More

Foreign Gods Inc – A Review

by Sabo Kpade The friction between white colonists and indigenous Africans has been covered extensively, not least in the works of masters like Ngugi and, much more relatable here, Achebe. So there is a great deal of familiarity with such preoccupations in Foreign Gods Inc. That a modern day gallery in New York specialises in… Read More

Can we talk about black women in stock photos?

An excerpt from Courtney Milan‘s website courtneymilan.com to continue reading ‘Can we talk about black women in stock photos?‘  click here Trigger warning for racism. I’ve talked before about how I make covers for my books. The basic idea is this: (1) I go on stock photo websites, (2) find pictures of women in wedding… Read More