What is life like between islands?

Cover image for this exhibition: ‘She Ain’t Holding Them Up, She’s Holding On (Some English Rose)’ by Sonia Boyce (1986), Author’s own image (2022).

By the title alone, I was intrigued by how life between Caribbean Islands and Britain has been documented by artists. And how this would be portrayed by a gallery like Tate Britain. From Tate’s perspective, ‘this exhibition explores and celebrates the relationship between the Caribbean and Britain in art from the 1950s to today’ (Tate 2021). So how was this intention achieved?

The exhibition was organised into five areas from a chronological standpoint:

Denis Williams cover art for George Lamming’s novels, Author’s own image (2022).
From left to right; Neil Kenlock’s ‘Desmond (standing with broom on left and Members of the Local Community at his Hip City Records Shop, which was damaged by National Front Members, Brixton, London, 1974’ and Vanley Burke, top row: ‘Members of the United Church of God, Austin Road on an Outreach Campaign in Handsworth’ (1998), ‘An Anti-Nazi Protest Preventing the National Front from Holding a Meeting in West Bromwich’ (1979), ‘Disturbance in Lozells, Handsworth, where Police Brutality in the Black Community Reached its Height’ (1985); bottom row: ‘Outriders Head the African Liberation Day Rally, Rookery Road, Handsworth’ (1977), ‘A Demonstration Organised by the Asian Community in Protest against Racist Immigration Laws and Deportation’ (1978) and ‘Anti-Nazi Demonstrators Attack Police, Angry that they are Protecting a National Front Meeting at the Digbeth Civic Centre’ (1978), Author’s own image (2022).
‘My Song’ by Barbara Walker (2006), Author’s own image (2022).
Me standing in front of Tam Joseph’s ‘The Spirit of the Carnival’ (1982), Author’s own image (2022).
‘The Object of My Gaze’ by Marcia Michael (2015 — ongoing), Author’s own image (2022).

Circling back to my question at the start of this blog, how was the exhibition’s intention achieved?

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Hi I’m Lisa | Based in Brum, UK | Curator | Blogging to challenge the idea that history, art, culture and heritage is irrelevant| Twitter & IG: @heritage_io

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Hi I’m Lisa | Based in Brum, UK | Curator | Blogging to challenge the idea that history, art, culture and heritage is irrelevant| Twitter & IG: @heritage_io