A new free exhibition on the black British experience at the V&A starting Monday February 16 2015 and running till Sunday May 24. Well worth checking out!
This is a new display in Gallery 100 that showcases a variety of photographic responses to black British experience from the 1950s to the 1990s. The images were acquired as part of a collaborative project with Black Cultural Archives which aims to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the V&A. 118 works from 17 artists have been collected so far, with pieces ranging from Yinka Shonibare’s large-scale series Diary of a Victorian Dandy to JD Okhai Ojeikere’s black and white studies of elaborate head ties worn by Nigerian women.
The exhibition includes oral histories from a range of subjects including the photographers themselves, their relatives and the people depicted in the images.
The Black Cultural Archives will also present an exhibition drawn from the Staying Power collection at their heritage centre in Brixton (1 Windrush Square, SW2 1EF. Thursday January 15 to Tuesday June 30, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm).