Liberation Begins in the Imagination: Writings on Caribbean-British Art

Liberation Begins in the Imagination: Writings on Caribbean-British Art

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By David A Bailey & Allison Thompson
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This comprehensive volume from David A. Bailey and Allison Thompson brings together key writings on the interrelationship of Britain and the English-speaking Caribbean nations, focusing specifically on the art of the Caribbean diaspora in Britain from the 1920s to today.

Today, around a million British people are of Caribbean descent, reflecting a history of post-war migration that essentially begins and ends with the Nationality Act of 1948 and the Immigration Act of 1972 – the so-called Windrush Generation. For many, London in particular was where the cultural archipelago of the Caribbean came together for the first time – communication and travel between the islands being difficult – and this British-Caribbean connection gave rise to a diverse, complex and exciting wealth of Black cultural forms. At one end of the spectrum, British-Caribbean art is abstract, symbolist and at times cosmological; at the other it is socially realist, with many other positions in between or off that spectrum. Where art is engaged with changes in society, it evokes a community’s struggle to forge an identity and livelihood for itself in an environment that often proved hostile. Other works evoke deeper historical experiences, in particular the traumatic after-images of plantation slavery and its legacy in culture and society.

Combining classic writings with some newly commissioned contributions, it explores intersecting areas of Black-British cultural production and reflects the diversity of the Black-British experience. With contributions from a range of scholars, Liberation through Imagination is an invaluable sourcebook for those interested in the rich and diverse field of postcolonial British-Caribbean art.

David A. Bailey MBE is a photographer, writer, curator, lecturer and cultural facilitator. He is the founding Director of International Curators Forum (ICF), Visiting Professor at University of the Arts London, and a Trustee of the Stuart Hall Foundation.

Allison Thompson PhD is an art historian and curator living in Barbados. She teaches at Barbados Community College focusing on modern and contemporary art of the Caribbean, Africa and the African diaspora.
  • Exhibition Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now
  • Dimensions 23.4 x 15.6 cm
  • Material FSC certified paper and card
  • ISBN 9781849767668
  • Hardback Yes
  • Number of illustrations 50 images
  • No of pages 384
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