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London exhibition celebrates 50 years of black creativity

China Daily Hong Kong Edition | Updated: 2019-07-26 14:25

Victor Ekpuk, Shrine to Wisdom (2019) [Photo/Courtesy of Peter Macdiarmid]

In this multisensory gathering (on until September 15), historic works and new commissions sit alongside items from personal archives. Curator and visual artist Zak Ové has invited each artist to exhibit as a true groundbreaker of their generation and their genre.

The talent includes photographer Rhea Storr, who explores mixed-race identity growing up in Yorkshire; Scottish band Young Fathers; designer Martine Rose, one of the UK's most underrated fashion forces (and a judge at the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest last September as part of Centrestage); Grace Wales Bonner, the 28-year-old Central Saint Martins graduate whose fashion collections have been inspired by the likes of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, jazz esoteric Alice Coltrane and early 20th-century Harlem, and who recently staged her first exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, titled A Time for New Dreams in homage to an essay collection by Nigerian poet Ben Okri; and short film and music video director Jenn Nkiru, who worked on Beyoncé and Jay-Z's "Apeshit" video as a second-unit director, and who premiered her short film Black to Techno (on Detroit techno music) at Frieze Los Angeles in February.

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