Karikpo Pipeline - Zina Saro Wiwa
Karikpo Pipeline - Zina Saro Wiwa

The first exhibition in the Dyson Gallery's (Royal College of Art) Dusk series, 6 Jan- 7 Feb 2016.

 

The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech
The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech

Published by Four Corners Books this is the first monograph on graphic artist Paul Peter Piech (1920-1996). 

The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech
The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech

Detail from the first book dedicated to graphic designer Paul Peter Piech. 

In Black and White co-authored with G. Saunders
In Black and White co-authored with G. Saunders

The book covers 1960-present, interpreting a variety of printed images from the V&A collections in terms of their aesthetic and socio-political context. It includes prints by Ellen Gallagher, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, Carrie Mae Weems and Chris Ofili, among others. Order your copy here. 

Tate Modern panel discussion
Tate Modern panel discussion

I co-organised Afrofuturism's Others on Saturday 15 June 2013, featuring contributions from Prof. Hazel V. Carby, Dr. Amna Malik and artist Lili Reynaud Dewar. More information can be found here.

AFRICA: Exploring Hidden Histories
AFRICA: Exploring Hidden Histories

Installation view from the V&A display Africa: Exploring Hidden Histories (15 November 2012 - 3 February 2013). Foreground dress said to have belonged to Queen Woyzaro Terunesh of Abyssinia 1860s. Background selection of photographs from Walker Evans' African Negro Art portfolio, 1935.

Dan Ayido Huedo, Arc-en-ciel: symbole de perpetuité by Romuald Hazoume (Benin), 2007
Dan Ayido Huedo, Arc-en-ciel: symbole de perpetuité by Romuald Hazoume (Benin), 2007

I commissioned this monumental outdoor sculpture for the V&A's John Madejski Garden.  The serpent's interlocking scales are made from plastic jerry cans. Hazoume's signature material is symbolic of the exploitation rife in West Africa's smuggled petrol trade.
Image by Paul Joseph

Sir Foster Cunliffe Playing by Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2007
Sir Foster Cunliffe Playing by Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2007

​This installation was a site-specific commission for the V&A's Norfolk House Music Room. Shonibare researched notable figures among the leisure class whose fortunes were made as a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. As the viewer moves through the opulent surroundings, the headless Sir Foster Cunliffe succeeds in being simultaneously threatening and absurd.

Image by Paul Joseph

Lost Vitrines (detail) by Keith Piper, 2007
Lost Vitrines (detail) by Keith Piper, 2007

​'The Coloured's Codex' was part of Keith Piper's ambitious intervention in the  V&A's British Galleries. 

Further information about Lost Vitrines can be found here.​

Exhibition catalogue - Adamson & Pavitt, eds.
Exhibition catalogue - Adamson & Pavitt, eds.

​Published to accompany the V&A exhibition 24 September 2011 - 15 January 2012, I was one of 40 contributing essayists. 

Postmodernism catalogue essay
Postmodernism catalogue essay

​Drawing on Sugar Hill Gang's party-starting anthem 'Rapper's Delight' (1979) - "You see I'm six foot one and I'm tons of fun and I dress to a T/ Ya see I got more clothes than Muhammad Ali and I dress so viciously" - I explored innovation and conspicuous consumption in hip hop culture. Referencing song lyrics, photography by Jamel Shabazz and the role of female MCs, the essay can be found on pages 186-191.

A transcultural initiative
A transcultural initiative

This trilingual (French, German, English) publication documents the dynamic cultural exchanges spanning fashion, sport and art. I had the pleasure of contributing a short essay on contemporary West African fashion design.

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Mode Museum Antwerp (MoMu) exhibition catalogue
Mode Museum Antwerp (MoMu) exhibition catalogue

Organised by Kaat Debo and Linda Loppa, Beyond Desire (2005) was the first exhibition to explore in depth Western fashion's fascination with Africa. At turns reverential and at others derogatory, designers return time and again for inspiration. My contribution, based on my MA (RCA) research, commented on the industry practice of conjuring an idea of exotic blackness - often in the absence of black models.   

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Karikpo Pipeline - Zina Saro Wiwa
The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech
The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech
In Black and White co-authored with G. Saunders
Tate Modern panel discussion
AFRICA: Exploring Hidden Histories
Dan Ayido Huedo, Arc-en-ciel: symbole de perpetuité by Romuald Hazoume (Benin), 2007
Sir Foster Cunliffe Playing by Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2007
Lost Vitrines (detail) by Keith Piper, 2007
Exhibition catalogue - Adamson & Pavitt, eds.
Postmodernism catalogue essay
A transcultural initiative
Screen shot 2013-03-22 at 10.19.17.png
Mode Museum Antwerp (MoMu) exhibition catalogue
MoMu essay.jpeg
Karikpo Pipeline - Zina Saro Wiwa

The first exhibition in the Dyson Gallery's (Royal College of Art) Dusk series, 6 Jan- 7 Feb 2016.

 

The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech

Published by Four Corners Books this is the first monograph on graphic artist Paul Peter Piech (1920-1996). 

The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech

Detail from the first book dedicated to graphic designer Paul Peter Piech. 

In Black and White co-authored with G. Saunders

The book covers 1960-present, interpreting a variety of printed images from the V&A collections in terms of their aesthetic and socio-political context. It includes prints by Ellen Gallagher, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, Carrie Mae Weems and Chris Ofili, among others. Order your copy here. 

Tate Modern panel discussion

I co-organised Afrofuturism's Others on Saturday 15 June 2013, featuring contributions from Prof. Hazel V. Carby, Dr. Amna Malik and artist Lili Reynaud Dewar. More information can be found here.

AFRICA: Exploring Hidden Histories

Installation view from the V&A display Africa: Exploring Hidden Histories (15 November 2012 - 3 February 2013). Foreground dress said to have belonged to Queen Woyzaro Terunesh of Abyssinia 1860s. Background selection of photographs from Walker Evans' African Negro Art portfolio, 1935.

Dan Ayido Huedo, Arc-en-ciel: symbole de perpetuité by Romuald Hazoume (Benin), 2007

I commissioned this monumental outdoor sculpture for the V&A's John Madejski Garden.  The serpent's interlocking scales are made from plastic jerry cans. Hazoume's signature material is symbolic of the exploitation rife in West Africa's smuggled petrol trade.
Image by Paul Joseph

Sir Foster Cunliffe Playing by Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2007

​This installation was a site-specific commission for the V&A's Norfolk House Music Room. Shonibare researched notable figures among the leisure class whose fortunes were made as a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. As the viewer moves through the opulent surroundings, the headless Sir Foster Cunliffe succeeds in being simultaneously threatening and absurd.

Image by Paul Joseph

Lost Vitrines (detail) by Keith Piper, 2007

​'The Coloured's Codex' was part of Keith Piper's ambitious intervention in the  V&A's British Galleries. 

Further information about Lost Vitrines can be found here.​

Exhibition catalogue - Adamson & Pavitt, eds.

​Published to accompany the V&A exhibition 24 September 2011 - 15 January 2012, I was one of 40 contributing essayists. 

Postmodernism catalogue essay

​Drawing on Sugar Hill Gang's party-starting anthem 'Rapper's Delight' (1979) - "You see I'm six foot one and I'm tons of fun and I dress to a T/ Ya see I got more clothes than Muhammad Ali and I dress so viciously" - I explored innovation and conspicuous consumption in hip hop culture. Referencing song lyrics, photography by Jamel Shabazz and the role of female MCs, the essay can be found on pages 186-191.

A transcultural initiative

This trilingual (French, German, English) publication documents the dynamic cultural exchanges spanning fashion, sport and art. I had the pleasure of contributing a short essay on contemporary West African fashion design.

Mode Museum Antwerp (MoMu) exhibition catalogue

Organised by Kaat Debo and Linda Loppa, Beyond Desire (2005) was the first exhibition to explore in depth Western fashion's fascination with Africa. At turns reverential and at others derogatory, designers return time and again for inspiration. My contribution, based on my MA (RCA) research, commented on the industry practice of conjuring an idea of exotic blackness - often in the absence of black models.   

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