(Al Vandenberg, “High Street Kensington,” 1976)
The Black British experience and identity is definitely not a a singular one, but an amalgamation of cultures and ethnic groups. From the first arrival of black immigrants to the UK in the 18th century, to the first major wave of black immigrants from the West Indies in the post World War II era, and the subsequent wave of black immigrants from Africa, the population of black people in Britain is always growing and changing.
Through 118 images by 17 Black British artists Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s paints of a picture of Black British life — a picture that is culturally diverse representing many cultures and countries, but also influenced by African-American art, music, and social justice movements.
The exhibition is on view at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum from February 16, 2015 through May 24, 2015.
(Maxine Walker, “Untitled,” 1995)
(Raphael Albert, “Miss Black & Beautiful,” circa 1970’s)
(Raphael Albert, “Untitled,” from the portfolio Black Beauty Pageants, circa 1970’s)
(J. D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, “Pineapple,” circa 1960’s)
(James Barnor, “Eva, London,” 1960
(Jennie Baptiste, “Brixton Boyz,” 2001)
(Normski, “She Rockers (London/Rap/Dance Crew) Shepherds Bush Green, London,” 1988)
(Colin Jones, “Untitled,” 1973-76, from the series “The Black House.”)
(Dennis Morris, “The Brothers, Black House, London,” 1974, from the series “Growing Up Black.”)