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The Place is Here comes to the SLG


Originally presented at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2016) and recently shown in an expanded version at Nottingham Contemporary (February – April 2017), this new iteration of The Place is Here is shown across Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (mima) and the South London Gallery (SLG) bringing together painting, photography, video and archival materials from the 1970s and 1980s by 25 artists and collectives. 

The Place is Here evokes some of the debates taking place between black artists, writers and institutions in the UK in the 1980s. Across two venues the works and archives on display show how a new generation of practitioners were responding to a range of discourses and politics: Civil Rights-era “Black art” from the US; Margaret Thatcher's anti-immigration policies and the resulting uprisings across the country; apartheid in South Africa; and black feminism. This group of artists were also reworking and subverting a range of art-historical references and aesthetic strategies – from William Morris to Pop Art, documentary practices or the introduction of Third Cinema to the UK. Revisiting these discussions today, at a time when the UK is increasingly divided, is both timely and prescient. 

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The Place is Here

22 JUN - 10 SEP 2017, MAIN AND FIRST FLOOR GALLERIES, FREE

The Place is Here presents work by over twenty black artists and collectives working in 1980s...


 

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