This body of work celebrates carnival whilst engaging with its inherently revolutionary and rebellious spirit.
The Carnival seen here is a triumphant representation of freedom and movement, but also a direct response to the legacy of the problematic Black history of the United Kingdom.
The work is set within the liminal space between imagination and reality, and engages with the notion of ‘misogynoir’, where racism and sexism collide.
The language of satire is used to lure and disarm the viewer into a deeper engagement with the work.
Duppy [African origin] - commonly used in various Caribbean islands, including Jamaica, meaning ghost or spirit.
Misogynoir- Term coined by the academic Moya Bailey in 2010 as ‘the particular amalgamation of anti-Black racism and misogyny in popular media and culture that targets Black women.
Who is the Duppy... 2021
EVERY WOMAN BIENNIAL 2021
EVERY WOMAN BIENNIAL EXPANDS FROM NYC WITH ITS INAUGURAL "SISTER CITY" FESTIVAL IN LONDON
Every Woman Biennial founder C. Finley and and Executive Producer Molly Caldwell in NY was collaborating with Every Women Biennial London programming directors Eddy Grattan-Bellew and Ruby Streek to present 300+ amazing woman and non-binary artists, most based in the U.K., along with artists from 33 countries and ranging in age from 19-73.
Every Woman Biennial Salon Exhibition was held at Copeland Gallery in Peckham, with additional programs and events taking place at various locations throughout London: Holborn, Peckham, Westminster, Poplar, Hackney.
A British subject 2020
Alongside the portraits are photographs taken during the Black Art Matters protest, accompanied by the placards held by protestors during the event, as a documentation of this reaction to the marginalisation of Black and POC art in national institutions. The project and protest convey the need for a radical change within our National institutions.
I Can't See Myself - VO Curations 2020
I Can’t See Myself is the result of a collaborative project with a group of young people of mixed heritage from London. Harrison has created 17 portraits of young Londoners of mixed heritage. Staring defiantly at the viewer and framed in gold. They become main protagonists in a straightforward critique of classical depictions of Black/POC individuals in the European art canon, who are often displayed in submissive poses, eyes averted.
What Does Black Art Mean to You ? - Lyric Square Hammersmith 2020
This exhibition features Black creatives, all of whom share their thoughts and appreciation of Black Art. These participants include Reni Eddo-Lodge, a London-based, award-winning journalist and author; Tobi Oredein, the founder of Black Ballad, a lifestyle platform and membership for Black British women; and Symeon Brown, a reporter and journalist at Channel 4 News.
Mixed Heritage 2019
Black artistic and creative culture is embedded in the fabric of British society. Through the words of emerging creatives, this show explored what black art means to their work and lives, whilst also presenting the artwork of some of the most exciting Black visual artists living in Britain today.
As part of Black History Month, Hammersmith BID commissioned a digital exhibition, entitled ‘What does Black Art mean to you?’. The piece has been curated by Bolanle Tajudeen, the founder of Black Blossoms School of Art & Culture, with portraits by up-and-coming London-based photographer Sadé Elufowoju.
Queering the Art Classroom - Sutton House 2019
Stange fruit 2019
Queering the art classroom presents Queering the Art Classroom Collaborates, an exhibition of five artists work, curated by Ruth Dober.
Queering the Art Classroom is an educational organisation founded by Tabitha Millett. Since 2017, QTAC have worked in London schools with GCSE students to study gender and sexuality in art. Through the application of pedagogy rooted in queer theory, Queering the Art Classroom explore the possibility of challenging heteronormativity through art interventions. As such, Queering the Art Classroom aims to go beyond the homo-normative inclusion of LGBTQIA+ content, towards a deeper exploration of gender and sexuality.
In June 2019 we held an exhibition of GCSE art students work at Sutton House, displaying the result of their studies with QTAC, and invited six artists to make responses to it.
This exhibition presented new work by Annis Harrison, Matilda Ellies, Ioana Lupascu, Wayne Lucas, Diana Puntar
'Photospin’ - The Photographers Gallery 2000
Bunny Boys 2000