There is a tendency to portray black women as angry, gold diggers or over-sexualised in western media and art. The sector's failure to hire women and individuals from black and minority ethnic backgrounds is highlighted as a major cause of concern by the Creative Industries Federation. The lack of diverse voices in the arts, media and creative industries is aiding the misrepresentation and negative stereotypes of black women because of the influential nature these industries have in society.
Come along for a gallery tour of the Black Blossoms Exhibition, which celebrates and highlights the voices of black women. This will be followed by a seminar which will be delivered by exhibitors analysing the portrayal of black women in the media and art. Then we will be doing an interactive workshop where participants will have the opportunity to create a zine or poster re-imagining a more authentic and inclusive narrative of black womanhood.
This event is part of Art Licks Weekend, a festival that showcases the work of pioneering young artists, curators, galleries and project spaces in London.
The Black Blossoms Exhibition celebrates and highlights the voices of Black Women, a group which is often invisible, silenced and oppressed in society.
Through film, photography and illustration recent UAL graduates have explored the intersections of gender, race and identity. This exhibition challenges and deconstructs stereotypes in order to re-establish an authentic and inclusive narrative of Black Womanhood.
The exhibition is open from 11 July - 2 October at the UAL Showroom, 272 High Holborn. It is open to the public and free to visit with no booking required.
(Artwork: Yharnna Dior Joesph || Photography: Hansika Jethnani)