“I AM NOW YOU – MOTHER” An Exhibition by MARCIA MICHAEL

Michael uses photography and oral history to retrieve lost and re-imagined narratives of her matri-lineal ancestry, creating an intimate dialogue between mother and daughter in order visualise history from her mother’s memory. In the artist’s own words: ‘my desire is to recover a visual and aural narrative of my matri-lineal history and reunite the present with the past. The body is testament to the refusal to forget. The body, my mother’s body, is all of my histories’.

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“HAIL THE DARK LIONESS” Exhibition by South African visual activist Zanele Muholi

Now til 24th June 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6BE  Hail the Dark Lioness by South African visual activist Zanele Muholi “I’m reclaiming my blackness, which I feel is continuously performed by the privileged ‘other’. My reality is that I do not mimic being black;…

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RAPHAEL ALBERT: “MISS BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL EXHIBITION”

For more than three decades from the late 1960’s, Raphael Albert organised and documented numerous black British beauty pageants and other cultural events, while creating a portfolio of photographs of aspiring models in his home studio.

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“FUTURE FIRST” THE EMPOWERING SHORT FILM IS A LOVE LETTER TO BLACK WOMEN AND THEIR HAIR

The short film Future First (watch now on YouTube) is an artistic interpretation of a black girls response to cornrows being renamed as ‘boxer braids’. The empowering short film is a love letter to Black women, encourages black girls to reclaim their time, as society often tries to steal from us then decline us. It shows how…

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Social Commentary No. 5 “BLACK MOTHERS DON’T HUG THEIR DAUGHTER’S”

This statement was made recently by JaVeion Arielle on Twitter… As you can imagine, this comment has caused much outrage and controversy…. I’m indifferent to it….It’s not that I don’t care about the perceived impact it will have on ‘Black Twitter’, but It’s one of those views you have to assess and evaluate in context.…

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Social Commentary No. 4 “Is Dis-ordered Eating and Body Dissatisfaction the New Black?”

  There has been a long held belief that Black women readily embrace their thicker, larger, and more voluptuous frames, which assumes that Black women all want to look one singular, particular way. Or that all Black women love the skin and bodies they’re in. However, there is some truth to this narrative due the…

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