Travel & Design Blog - BY YASMIN METZ-JOHNSON

Saturday, 21 October 2017

SOUL OF A NATION


I went to see the Soul of a Nation exhibition at the Tate Modern museum in London. I took my cousin for her birthday (I’m trying to give experiences rather than physical gifts as a present). Soul Of A Nation showcases the work of African American artists throughout the civil rights movement, bringing their work to the forefront as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the term ‘black power’. Before entering the exhibition there are multiple TV screens displaying the pivotal moments during the movement by it’s most known leaders and pioneers such as Malcom X, Stokley and Martin Luther King. These kind of events always make me the question ‘what about the Black British History’? That is barely documented? Black British children are taught more about the American Civil Rights movement than their own history which is a shame as the experiences are different. That being said there is the Black Cultural Archives Museum in Brixton.

One of my favourite pieces of work is the What’s Going On painting featured above by Barkley Hendricks. Hendricks work was often used as a voice for the under represented black people in America during the 1960s and 1970s. He is also the artist responsible for the exhibition’s cover image ‘ My Man Superman’. The What’s Going On piece conveys variation complexions with the use of multiple mediums from oil paints to acrylics. The exhibition also includes photography, video clips and paintings that depict the time.

Try and see the exhibition before is ends!



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