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

“Both racism and anti-racism were present in the making of the English working class”

An Interview with Satnam Virdee by Jagdish Patel  Each October, as Black History Month begins the Guardian columnist Gary Younge writes an engaging article asking a simple question, ‘Why can’t white and black people have access to a shared history that is accurate, honest, antiracist and inclusive?” This year his piece noted that ‘there is… Read More

Watching the Detectives

by Jagdish Patel  The Monitoring Group has often been approached to support people who report police misconduct. Recently, we were approached by a young Jamaican woman from North London who had been beaten by a police officer in Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her daughter had been sick since she was a newborn and she had… Read More

Stuart Hall and Black British photography | Part 2

by Jagdish Patel In the UK, many photographers have used photography to examine their own identity, whether this identity rests in being black, their class, gender, sexuality or disability. In the period from the late 1960’s to the 1970’s many ‘white’ photographers also explored the social changes in Britain. This was a period when Britain… Read More

Stuart Hall and Black British photography | Part 1

by Jagdish Patel The death of Stuart Hall on the 10th February was marked by worldwide praise for ‘Britain’s leading cultural theorist’. (2014. Stuart Hall – obituary, Daily Telegraph, 10th February,) It is rare for an academic to receive accolades in the mainstream press, and this perhaps reflects how Hall presented his ideas, not only… Read More