THE WORK BETWEEN US:
BLACK BRITISH ARTISTS & EXHIBITION HISTORIES
Wednesday 20 January 2016
Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Dr Lucy Steeds
Keynote: Retelling The Other Story Now
The Other Story, curated by Rasheed Araeen in 1989, sought to represent ‘Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain’. At last celebrated for challenging the racism of British art history, criticism and mainstream exhibition-making at the time, it still rewards careful revisiting now. While the catalogue takes conventional narrative form, with artists tidily grouped within a linear succession of chapters, the show itself progressively offered more complex interrelationships, with modernism first posed strongly and then updated (via postmodernism) or exceeded (via postconceptual art). Taking a tour of the exhibition on the basis of visual documentation, we will together explore the relevance of its sophisticated arguments today.