The Work Between Us – Keynote – Lucy Steeds

THE WORK BETWEEN US:

BLACK BRITISH ARTISTS & EXHIBITION HISTORIES

Wednesday 20 January 2016

Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK

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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.

 

 

 

As part of the Black Artists & Modernism project, there are unfolding discussions amongst the research team and with scholars, artists, curators and other engaged publics.

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