Making Jamaica Photo Expo Coming Soon!

The Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s exhibition will be opening in London at the Autograph ABP studio on Thursday 23 February. The expo will run until the 22nd April and will feature works by the contemporary artist Ingrid Pollard. Also, entrance is FREE!

According to Autograph ABP, the exhibition – which has been curated by Mark Sealy and Renée Mussai – offers “More than 70 historic images” and promised to explore “the history of how the image of modern Jamaica as a tourist destination – and tropical commodity – was created through photography.”

 Find out all you need to know about the expo, including gallery opening times and details on the grand opening of the exhibition in February via the website, by clicking this link.

Black British Life coming to the BBC

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Historian David Olusoga who will present the documentary “Black and British: A History Forgotten” on BBC TWO 9/11/2016.

Throughout the rest of this month, BBC channels BBC TWO and BBC FOUR will be at the forefront of illustrated black life and history, specific to Britain, according to the Voice newspaper.  The season of programming, which will feature radio shows, documentaries and films, is simply titled “Black and British”, exploring the history of black communities in Britain as well as following contemporary narratives too.

Writing for the Voice, Nadine White states:

“After approximately 18 months in the works, the BBC will unveil a season of programming celebrating the achievements of black people in the UK and exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain called ‘Black And British’. According to the BBC, Black and British season will feature bold, vibrant and provocative stories, overturning preconceptions and challenging widespread – albeit covert – stances on the matter. The season will also cast a fresh light on black history, examining the contribution and impact of black people in the UK, as well as interrogating just what it means to be black and British today.”

You can find out more about the programme scheduling and catch up on certain features (if in the UK) via iPlayer from this BBC website.

The Amazing History of Black People in London Before 1948

Looking for something educational and enlightening for Black History Month this October? Check out this event, exploring the lives of black folks in London, before the Windrush set sail in 1948. Hosted by Skin Deep at St. Ann’s Library, London on the 13th October, the event aims to shed light:

“on the hidden history of London and the contributions made by people of African and Caribbean descent to London in the areas of Literature, Politics, Music and Health & Welfare before 1948. Most people believe that Black people only came here in 1948. Black people have lived in Britain since Roman times. Moors were a common sight in Elizabethan England. There were great Black personalities in 18th and 19th century Britain. This presentation tells their story.”

Find out more information and sign up to attend here.

Archives Matter Conference 2016

If you’re going to be in London this June, sign up for the forthcoming Archives Matter Conference: Queer, Feminist and Decolonial Encounters due to be hosted at Goldsmiths, the University of London.

Emphasising a decolonial framework, the event aims to “to explore, how the institutional archive can be made feminist, queered or decolonized, and in which ways we can build on transnational archives as well as establish our own archives.” The conference will also feature a keynote lecture by Dutch scholar Gloria Wekker.

Check out all of the relevant details and keep on top of updates regarding the programme here.

Visit the Artist & Empire Expo at the Tate!

Amid the Independent’s reporting of the results of a poll that claims British people are proud of colonialism and the Empire, the Tate in London is hosting an exhibit that explores and confronts British imperialism through imagery with Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past.

The exhibition opened in November last year and will run until the 10th April 2016, displaying a wide variety of artefacts from the colonial era in order to analyse notions of “ownership, authorship and how the value and meanings of these diverse objects have changed through history”.

More information about the exhibit, including ticket details and a trailer can all be found on the Tate’s website.

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ERIF’s Top 8 Black History Month Tips

The UK is now half way through its Black History Month and as always there are many incredible events and initiatives to inspire, uplift and educate. While some question the necessity of a month dedicated to black history and others criticize restricting black histories to one month only, movements such at the University of Colour and Why is my curriculum white? prove the discourses we are exposed to and institutions available to us ignore non-white contributions and journeys. Therefore, while black history is 365 days a year, this month maintains its importance.

With that being said, ERIF brings you our top 8 tips for the rest of the month:

Activities and Events

60 Untold Strories – The Friends of Marsha Phoenix and Goldsmiths University offer an exhibition throughout October, exploring “the educational experiences of the first Black Caribbean children to successfully pass through the British Education system” using photographs, a documentary and audio clips, which are also available via this website.

Black History Month Greater Manchester – If you’re from the Greater Manchester part of the country (or nearby!), check out this website for details on events happening near you throughout October. From conferences and exhibitions, to dance classes and spoken word performances – there will be something for everyone!

Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar – Black Cultural Archives presents a free exhibition called Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar between 9 October 2015 and  9 April 2016 exploring the lives of ordinary black people living in Britain between the 1700 and 1800s, destroying the myth that Blighty was a white island until the Second World War.

Resources

Prominent Black and Mixed Race Men of Renaissance Europe – Our friends over at Bino & Fino recently re-posted this fantastic piece – originally from blogger Maria Tumolo – of iconic and influential black and mixed race men you won’t find in the average history text book. These guys who lived in Europe throughout the Renaissance era (14th – 17th century) threaten the popular thought that Europe was an entirely white space until midway through the 20th century. Tumolo aims to follow up soon with a post on women too so keep your eyes peeled for that!

NUS Black Students’ Black History Month Guide – the Black National Union of Students in the UK published this document earlier this month to explain the history and necessity for black history month, as well as offering advice on activities to get involved in as well as black activists to acknowledge.

Know your black history: slave revolts part 1 – Afropunk recently shared an enlightening article revealing the intimate and powerful relationships forged between Native Americans and black slaves from as early as the 1500s to rebel against the racist and colonial system being built around – and upon – them.

Medieval People of Colour – If you’re on Tumblr you should definitely follow this blog which shares images of and information about people of colour who were living in and travelling arond Europe over the last 1000 years, shattering a misconceptions of the indigenous European population. This is an excellent historical resource that should be referenced much more often.

Women of colour and the suffragette movement in Britain – Anna Leszkiewicz recently published an article for the New Statesman entitled What did the suffragette movement in Britain really look like? This article – published following the controversy surrounding the release of the new film Suffragette, which ignored the presence of women of colour within the movement – explores the contributions women such as Sophia Duleep Singh made to this important moment of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the UK.

Europe’s Black History Conference

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Hello Folks!

Just a quick mid-week note to let you know you have 10 days to reserve your spot at the forthcoming Europe’s Black History Conference, which will be hosted by Narrative Eye and Black History Walks and take place at the University of Westminster. You can find more info on the event here.

This event couldn’t have come at a better time, as we become increasingly more aware of the non-white presence that has existed in Europe since the Roman Imperial period at least. Platforms such as Media Diversified and Medieval POC  have done a lot to raise awareness of this history – locating the African within European spaces long before European colonialism and slavery – and therefore, an event such as this one will surely add value to current discourses on the topic.

You can attend this event for free, you just need to sign up online, which you can NOW via Eventbrite. So hurry while spaces last and don’t forget to tell all of your friends too. Enjoy!

 

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion

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The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion project is currently touring with their film Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. A project that is immediately relatable to individuals of all backgrounds, the film has been 10 years in the making, exploring primarily African American identity and belonging via “the American family photo album.” They aim to come back to Europe very soon and ERIF will (hopefully!) be collaborating with them at our next conference, so far tentatively set for 2016. We will of course keep you posted on that!

In the meantime, you can read more about the project here, check out photographs from the project here and watch the trailer of the film below. You can also financially support the project getting into schools here.

Reggae Sound System Expo

Ever wanted to know more about the Bristol reggae scene? Well, now you’ve got your chance! From the 8th June to the 17th July, Colston Hall will be hosting the Sound System Culture: Bristol. Organised as part of the “Let’s Go Yorkshire” project – which is currently touring the country promoting the history of reggae – the exhibit promises audio and visual materials to re-tell the history of Bristol’s Caribbean community and the music and cultures they have brought with them.

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You can find out more information about the expo here. Enjoy!

 

Medieval People of Colour Blog

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Check out this amazing blog “Medieval People of Color” which aims to draw attention to black and brown people’s presence in Europe through the promotion of ancient and medieval artwork.  As stated on the blog’s Mission Statement page:

“All too often, these works go unseen in museums, Art History classes, online galleries, and other venues because of retroactive whitewashing of Medieval Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia…My purpose in creating this blog is to address common misconceptions that People of Color did not exist in Europe before the Enlightenment, and to emphasize the cognitive dissonance in the way this is reflected in media produced today.”

The blog has so far curated pieces dating back as early as the 1100s BC and is a fantastic educational resource for kids and adults alike, looking for a more honest portrayal of European social history. Go check it out and share it today!