In this landmark anthology, art historian Alice Correia brings together overlooked and marginalized perspectives from 'the critical decade’. Inviting us to expand and challenge our understanding of Black art and its contributions to Britain's creative culture.
This book presents the histories, methodologies and sociopolitical perspectives of a generation of artists and writers who operated with and against the mainstream British art systems during the 1980s. Featuring the writings of artists such as Rasheed Araeen, Sonia Boyce, Eddie Chambers and Lubaina Himid, this anthology provides access to a rich and multifaceted set of voices that have been locked away in archives until now.
In reflecting on their artistic practices, identities and the role of creative institutions, these pioneering artists of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent offer incisive commentary on social and political struggles that resonate powerfully today and a compelling vision for the future.
Dr Alice Correia is an independent art historian. She curated the exhibition Being British, at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, in 2009 and has worked as a Research Fellow at Tate Research. She is a trustee of Third Text.