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The Place Is Here - The Work of Black Artists in 1980s Britain

The Place Is Here - The Work of Black Artists in 1980s Britain

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The publication developed from the exhibition and research project The Place Is Here (2016–19), which traced the urgent and wide-ranging conversations taking place between black artists, writers, and thinkers in Britain during the 1980s. Within the context of Thatcherism and a racist art establishment, a new generation of black artists and intellectuals produced some of the most compelling ideas and images in recent British cultural history. Across four exhibitions, The Place Is Here brought together over one hundred works by forty artists and collectives, spanning painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, and expanded archival displays. Richly illustrated, the book includes thematic essays, close readings of works, and a series of panel discussions bringing together key scholarly, critical, and artistic voices foundational to art in Britain in the 1980s. The result is an intergenerational dialogue around pressing intellectual, political, and aesthetic debates, highlighting the significance of the work of these artists for the present.


Title: The Place Is Here - The Work of Black Artists in 1980s Britain
Publisher: Sternberg Press, 2019
Author: Nick Aikens, Sonia Boyce, Laura Castagnini, Deborah Cherry, Alice Correia, Chandra Frank, Michelle Williams Gamaker, June Givanni, Sunil Gupta, Evan Ifekoya, Claudette Johnson, Raisa Kabir, Dorothea Lasky, Gail Lewis, Susan Pui San Lok, Amna Malik, Samia Malik, Priyesh Mistry, Raju Rage, Elizabeth Robles, Ashwani Sharma, Marlene Smith, Leon Wainwright, Rehana Zaman
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Format: Softcover
Size: 25.1 x 19.1 cm, 431 pages
ISBN: 9783956794667
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