In the Black Fantastic - Outdoor art with Ekow Eshun & Cedar Lewisohn
‘The intention is to make sure that the conversation that takes place within Hayward Gallery doesn’t stop within the gallery’s walls’.
Around the Southbank Centre this summer, we’ve showcased a number of artworks on our buildings. Each of these works are part of an expanded, public exhibition, of the artists and ideas featured within In the Black Fantastic at Hayward Gallery.
In this video Ekow Eshun, Curator of In the Black Fantastic and Cedar Lewisohn, the Southbank Centre’s Curator, Site Design take you on a short tour of these works. In particular Lewisohn looks at Even my old soul has an old soul (2019) by Wangechi Mutu, which offers an alternative method of presenting the radical Black imagination.
Eshun meanwhile focuses on There Are Black People In the Future (2017) by Alisha B. Wormsley, which he sees as an expression of presence, of history and an insistence on Black visibility in the face of a long history of exclusion of Black presence in the west.
‘Introducing this work onto the walls of the Southbank Centre is making yet more visible and yet more public the intentions of this exhibition, which is to think more widely about the nature of a racialised society.’
These works were on display across the Southbank Centre until 4 September 2022.