2013.09.19 - 2013.09.19

New Perspectives On Curatorial Practice

David A Bailey - Imagining the Black Diaspora: A Personal Curatorial Journey

New Perspectives On Curatorial Practice är en föreläsningsserie med unika och högaktuella föreläsningar av internationellt verksamma curatorer och konstteoretiker. Varje föreläsning följs av ett öppet samtal och mingel med bar och DJ. Programmet genomförs i samarbete med Akademin Valand, Göteborgs Konsthall, Rumänska Institutet och Polska Institutet. 

Plats: Röda Sten, Lounge & Restaurang

Tid:19/9, 19.00-20.00

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Imagining the Black Diaspora: A Personal Curatorial Journey

In the 1980s, the unprecedented global explosion of black arts activity provoked an innovative campaign to make the work visible in major museums as well as public independent spaces, on public murals and in community centres.  Given the relative neglect by mainstream arts institutions, artists themselves were obliged to become curators. This was the case in point with myself.  My talk will utilise my personal experiences to explore the question, "What role did artistic practice and curatorialship play within the black arts movement from the early 20th century to the present day?"  An answer will require putting together for the first time a full and coherent account of the many scattered initiatives.  There are many fragmented documents that remain as personal records and archives. But there has been no systematic documentation or contextualisation of this practice.  There is no comprehensive account of relations with the major mainstream.  Self-organised group initiatives by black artists have not been properly integrated into the story, or individuals who played key curatorial roles, fully interviewed.  These significant strands of activity since the mid-70, and the context of critical curatorial debates, are now in danger of being forgotten. Nobody has given an overall account of how the black arts movement gained visibility through artistic practice and curatorship, detailing systematically what practices were involved and how curatorial practices shifted, or charted the development from artists/curator to a professionalised practice.  It is my intention that my illustrated talk will explore these themes and ideas.

David A Bailey

David A Bailey MBE is a photographer, writer, curator, lecturer and cultural facilitator who lives and works in London. David A Bailey’s practice is focused on the issues that relate to black representations in the areas of photography, performance and artists’ film. These interests have informed his appointment as an adviser, and subsequent curator with Autograph (ABP) and the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in 1994. One of his main concerns is the notion of diaspora and black representation in art. He co-curated the groundbreaking exhibitions Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance with Richard J Powell at the Hayward Gallery in London in 1997, and Back to Black: Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary with Petrine Archer-Straw and Richard J Powell at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 2005. David A Bailey has written extensively about photography and film. From 1996 to 2002, he was Co-Director of the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA) at the University of East London. From 2005 to 2009, he was Senior Curator of Autograph (ABP), and from 2005 to 2011 he was a Curator at Platform for the Remember Saro-Wiwa Living Memorial. Since 2006, he has been the founder and Director of the International Curators Forum, and between 2009 and 2010, he was the Acting Director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas in Nassau. David A Bailey was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2007, for services to art.