Generations of Black Creative Pioneers
A major new exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond. Beginning with the radical Black film maker Horace Ové and his dynamic circle of Windrush generation creative peers and extending to today’s brilliant young Black talent globally, a group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists will showcase work together for the first time, exploring Black experience and influence, from the post-war era to the present day.
In this multi-sensory experience, historic works and new commissions will sit alongside items from personal archives, much of which has never been seen by the public before, tracing more than half a century of collective history. Curator Zak Ové – whose father Horace was the creator of the first feature film by a Black British director – has invited each artist to exhibit for becoming a true groundbreaker of their generation and their genre.
Numerous works will be created especially for the exhibition, championing the wealth of Black creative talent working today. Highlights confirmed include an original soundtrack by Trinidadian DJ, producer and member of Major Lazer, Jillionaire, which will be streamed throughout the exhibition space. Participating Somerset House Studios residents, including artist Larry Achiampong, musician Gaika and filmmaker Jenn Nkiru (who worked on Jay Z’s and Beyoncé’s APESH*T), will also present new pieces for the show.
Abe Odedina, Adjaye Associates, A Guy Called Gerald, Ajamu, Alexis Peskine, Althea McNish, Anthony Joseph, Armet Francis, Aubrey Williams, Barbara Walker, Barby Asante, Barkley L. Hendricks, Benji Reid, Black Audio Film Collective/John Akomfrah, Bradford Young, Caleb Femi, Campbell Addy, Carrie Mae Weems, Charlie Phillips, Che Lovelace, Chris Ofili, Cooly G, Cosmo Whyte, David A. Bailey, David Hammons, Deborah Roberts, Dennis Bovell, Denzil Forrester, Derrick Adams, Don Letts, Ebony G. Patterson, Emheyo Bahabba ‘Embah’, Errol Lloyd, Faisal Abdu’Allah, Franklyn Rogers, Gaika, Gary Simmons, Glenn Ligon, Gordon Parks, Grace Nichols, Hank Willis Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Helen Cammock, Hew Locke, Horace Ové, Hurvin Anderson, Jay Bernard, Jazzie B, Jenn Nkiru, Jillionaire, Kehinde Wiley, Keith Piper, Larry Achiampong, Lavar Munroe, Libita Clayton, Linton Kwesi Johnson, LR Vandy, Lubaina Himid, Marlene Smith, Martine Rose, Maud Sulter, Mowalola Ogunlesi, Nari Ward, Neil Kenlock, Nick Cave, Niyi Olagunju, Normski, Paul A. Smith, Paul Maheke, Peter Doig, Phoebe Boswell, Rashid Johnson, Rhea Storr, Richard Rawlins, Ronald Moody, Ronan McKenzie, Sanford Biggers, Satch Hoyt, Shabaka Hutchings, Sonia Boyce, Stephen Burks, Steve McQueen, Thick/er Black Lines, Thomas J. Price, Vanley Burke, Victor Ekpuk, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Young Fathers, Zoe Bedeaux.
Header image: Deborah Roberts, ‘Untitled 2018’. Copyright of the artist. Courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery.