Exhibition Review: “Stuff Happens” – May Ayres by Hamja Ahsan Theresa May gave her first obligatory Eid address as Prime Minister this month to Muslims living in Britain and worldwide. In the broadcast, she spoke of the “spirit of togetherness” and “the way people are brought together with those around the world through the strong… 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
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
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