Art, Activism and Social Justice
It is perhaps a sign of the current climate that over the past few years, I have been asked to work on a number of different projects around the broad themes of art, activism and social justice. Here are examples of some of the project which explore these themes.
The Southall Legacy : 1976 - 2006
Southall in the 1970s was a important location in Britain, a place where British youth, Asian, Black and White, challenged the engrained racism of the 1970’s and began to forge a new vision for Britain. These young people came from different ethnic backgrounds and used youth movements, music and culture to change Britain in a way that was irreversible, and eventually led to the multi-cultural London we know today.
Last year we wrote a book, and put together a exhibition which told the tale from 1919 to 1976. We are now continuing this story with the story of Southall, and London, from 1976 to 2006.
Journey to Justice
Journey to Justice was held as the National Justice Museum, Nottingham and explored human rights movements in Nottingham. For the exhibition we produce two timelines covering the period from 1800-2016, and through local stories we explored the contribution of local Nottingham people to the struggle for gender, LBGT and race equality, We are continuing this work with other museums.
The Place is Here : Nottingham Contemporary
The Place Is Here was held last year and bought together a wide range of works by more than 30 artists and collectives, and charted some of the urgent conversations that were taking place between black artists, writers and thinkers during the 80s. Against a backdrop of civil unrest and divisive national politics, they were exploring their relationship to Britain’s colonial past as well as to art history. I am currently working with the gallery, and Nottingham Black Archive to document, and produce learning material based upon the themes of the exhibition. The website from this work will be launched later in 2018.