London V&A's Latest Exhibit Speaks to the Black British Experience

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Feb 17, 2015
References: vam.ac.uk & itsnicethat
London's V&A Museum is introducing a new exhibit, titled 'Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s -1960s.' The collection features photography by artists such as Yinka Shonibare, Normski and Maxine Walker.

The project intends to highlight the politicized nature of black identity, and existence in general. This is most evidently seen in Maxine Walker's self-portraits, in which she transforms her appearance with every shot. The transformations indicate how ephemeral black identity can be, changing from moment to moment. The photographs are also made to seem as though they were taken in a photobooth, making a point about identity photographs and immigration.

The exhibit is accompanied by an audio soundtrack, which adds an authentic voice to the experience.