Fierce Grace recommends: ‘Staying Power’ Exhibition

By 9 March 2015News
Brixton Station sign, London

A seven year collaboration between Brixton’s very own Black Cultural Archives and the V&A has resulted in a powerful new dual exhibition at both sites. ‘Staying Power: Photographs of the Black British Experience 1950s to 1990s’ shows the work of black photographers and documents the lives of black people in Britain and if you live or work in Brixton, we urge you to go and see it.

Running until the 24th May at the V&A, and the 30th June at the BCA in Windrush Square, both exhibitions are free, so you can consider this a brilliantly cheap date.

One hundred and eighteen works have been collected for this exhibition from 17 artists, and they are by turns surprising, fascinating, moving, political, shocking and witty. Brixton’s very own dub-poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, riots, churches, protests, interracial couples, black beauty pageants, fashion, carnivals, rappers, and even a fashion shoot at Brixton Market, the photographs are accompanied by excerpts from oral histories collected by the BCA.

Brixton’s identify in the second half of last century was profoundly shaped and influenced by the Black immigrants who arrived in the UK to work, creating an area in London with a true sense of community and heart. It’s what we at Fierce Grace Brixton love about it and why we made it our home.

On that note, if you haven’t yet signed the petition to save the businesses in the railway arches under threat, please consider taking a moment to do so here and stop Brixton becoming another homogenous ‘could be anywhere’ place.