Somerset House: GET UP, STAND UP NOW GENERATIONS OF BLACK CREATIVE PIONEERS

A major new exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond.

Beginning with the radical Black film maker Horace Ové and his dynamic circle of Windrush generation creative peers and extending to today’s brilliant young Black talent globally, a group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists will showcase work together for the first time, exploring Black experience and influence, from the post-war era to the present day. (Main image: Horace Ove, ‘Psychedelic Sister’, 1968. Copyright of the artist)

In this multi-sensory experience, historic works and new commissions will sit alongside items from personal archives, much of which has never been seen by the public before, tracing more than half a century of collective history. Curator Zak Ové – whose father Horace was the creator of the first feature film by a Black British director – has invited each artist to exhibit for becoming a true groundbreaker of their generation and their genre.

4. Aubrey Williams (Guyana), ‘Maya Series Cenote IV’ © Aubrey Williams Estate
Aubrey Williams (Guyana), ‘Maya Series Cenote IV’ © Aubrey Williams Estate

The list of film makers are: Abe Odedina, Adjaye Associates, A Guy Called Gerald, Ajamu, Alexis Peskine, Althea McNish, Anthony Joseph, Armet Francis, Aubrey Williams, Barbara Walker, Barby Asante, Barkley L. Hendricks, Benji Reid, Black Audio Film Collective/John Akomfrah, Bradford Young, Caleb Femi, Campbell Addy, Carrie Mae Weems, Charlie Phillips, Che Lovelace, Chris Ofili, Cooly G, Cosmo Whyte, David A. Bailey, David Hammons, Deborah Roberts, Dennis Bovell, Denzil Forrester, Derrick Adams, Don Letts, Ebony G. Patterson, Emheyo Bahabba ‘Embah’, Errol Lloyd, Faisal Abdu’Allah, Franklyn Rogers, Gaika, Gary Simmons, Glenn Ligon, Gordon Parks, Grace Nichols, Hank Willis Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Helen Cammock, Hew Locke, Horace Ové, Hurvin Anderson, Jay Bernard, Jazzie B, Jenn Nkiru, Jillionaire, Kehinde Wiley, Keith Piper, Larry Achiampong, Lavar Munroe, Libita Clayton, Linton Kwesi Johnson, LR Vandy, Lubaina Himid, Marlene Smith, Martine Rose, Maud Sulter, Mowalola Ogunlesi, Nari Ward, Neil Kenlock, Nick Cave, Niyi Olagunju, Normski, Paul A. Smith, Paul Maheke, Peter Doig, Phoebe Boswell, Rashid Johnson, Rhea Storr, Richard Rawlins, Ronald Moody, Ronan McKenzie, Sanford Biggers, Satch Hoyt, Shabaka Hutchings, Sonia Boyce, Stephen Burks, Steve McQueen, Thick/er Black Lines, Thomas J. Price, Vanley Burke, Victor Ekpuk, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Young Fathers, Zoe Bedeaux.

Details: 12 Jun – 15 Sep 2019  £12.50 / £9.50 concessions, Under 12s free

Where: West Wing Galleries
West Wing

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