The first exhibition in the Dyson Gallery's (Royal College of Art) Dusk series, 6 Jan- 7 Feb 2016.
Published by Four Corners Books, this is the first monograph on graphic artist Paul Peter Piech (1920-1996).
Detail from the first book dedicated to graphic designer Paul Peter Piech.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
'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.
Published to accompany the V&A exhibition 24 September 2011 - 15 January 2012, I was one of 40 contributing essayists.
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.
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.
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.