Four generations, over 40 artists, works of painting, cinema, photography, sculpture and fashion narrate a seventy-year-long encounter - at centre stage, the relations between British and Caribbean culture which, since the post-War, has transformed English society, forging new communities, identities, conflicts and creative ferment. There are those who, leaving the tropical islands, made the United Kingdom their home, but also who, more recently, went back in the other direction, following profound inspirations and desires. Then there are the droves of artists who, in the picturesque climes of the Caribbean, found the stimuli and emotions there to be a new point of departure for their artistic studies. Starting in December, they’ll all be at the Tate Britain in an exhibition without precedence. Among visionary paintings, rigorous photo-journalism and lively drawings on fabric, we will journey up to the middle of the 1900s, the years of wild immigration and the Windrush generation. Stories of struggle, prejudice and resistance are seen alongside the works of the Black Movement of the Seventies and Eighties, where social outcry takes on the unpredictable shapes of various art forms. Then there the most recent pieces, enriched by works created specifically for the exhibition - there are the clothes designed by Grace Wales Bonner, inspired by the Brass Bands and parades of the Commonwealth, and the multimedia installations that bring Marcia Michael in touch with “Mother Jamaica”, bringing soothing subjects and memories to the fore.
Francesca Grego - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London