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SAWCC London presents


Friday 20 October
Venue 2

In a nutshell

SAWCC London reflect on the early days of the Black Arts movement of the 1980s, in the current political climate.

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With a global tidal wave of far right politics, we find ourselves coming full circle in challenging intersectionalities of inequality of yesteryear head on. Marking Rich Mix’s ‘Revolution17’ series, SAWCC London will examine the emergence of the Black Arts Movement and our place within it now. Born during a decade of Thatcherism in the 1980’s marked by civil unrest and race riots, the Movement developed amidst strong anti-racist and feminist discourse. Marrying art and activism in a powerful new way, political Black and Asian artists highlighted race, gender, and identity in solidarity against the unrest; transforming how art, art histories, and ethnic minorities were made visible and represented positively, providing us tools for post-colonial analysis.

Artists and critics from diverse disciplinary diaspora backgrounds gave a central voice to these histories. Questioning what it meant to be 'Black' -- and addressing emerging needs for other terms -- played a large role. We will explore this rhetoric and way for a unified identity steeped in solidarity through creativity.

Image credit: Sutapa Biswas - As I Stood, Listened and Watched, My feelings Were This Woman Is Not For Burning (1986). Front cover of Spare Rib Magazine, December 1986.

What to Expect

A creative dialogue with women artists and thinkers who contributed to the inclusivity of Black representation and paved the way for new artistic expression.

Who's Involved

Sutapa Biswas - Conceptual artist, best known for her drawings, paintings and moving image works

Dr Alice Correia - Art Historian and Curator; and Research Fellow, University of Salford

Nabihah Islam - Poet; Human rights activist for the Council of Europe; Hammamet Fellow; currently completing her Masters at Brasenose College, Oxford

SAWCC London (pronounced “saucy”) - the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective - are a creative network of women artists with origins from, or a keen interest in South Asia and diaspora. SAWCC nurture independently-forged British South Asian female creative expression across disciplines. Featuring free (often women-only) gatherings, and public events, SAWCC offer a platform for women to share, develop, and promote creative ideas and works. Founded in 2004, SAWCC London is a sister organisation of SAWCC New York.

What people are saying

“Whenever I miss home (India), SAWCC London is like a home for me that helps me think about my creativity” - SAWCC London audience member

“Thank you for an incredible night, as always” - Feminist Dissent (SAWCC London and Warwick University collaboration) audience member

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'SAWCC London was born at Rich Mix, and we are proud to continue working in mutual support to mark this year’s Revolution17 series. Rich Mix in-kind support is invaluable to SAWCC London’s Collective ethos, providing us a vital platform to support and promote a rich variety of women’s creative work at all stages.'

Find out more / @SAWCC_London / /sawcclondon

Things you should know

Suitable for ages 16+

Please note: Latecomers permitted at any time 

This event is wheelchair accessible.