In the Black Fantastic




An exhibition of 11 contemporary artists from the African diaspora, who draw on science fiction, myth and Afrofuturism to question our knowledge of the world.

Myth, science fiction, spiritual traditions and the legacy of Afrofuturism are all sampled, reimagined and recontextualised in In the Black Fantastic.

Encompassing painting, photography, video, sculpture and mixed-media installations, the exhibition creates immersive aesthetic experiences that bring the viewer into a new environment somewhere between the real world and a multiplicity of imagined ones.

While some artists disrupt our understanding of the past, others invite us to imagine fantastical futures. In this exhibition, fantasy becomes a zone of creative and cultural liberation and a means of addressing racism and social injustice by conjuring new ways of being in the world.

In the Black Fantastic is curated by Ekow Eshun and features the artists Nick Cave, Sedrick Chisom, Ellen Gallagher, Hew Locke, Wangechi Mutu, Rashaad Newsome, Chris Ofili, Tabita Rezaire, Cauleen Smith, Lina Iris Viktor and Kara Walker.

Lead image: Hew Locke, Ambassador 1, 2021, Mixed media – wood, resin, fabric, metal, plastic, 155 x 50 x 137 cm, © Hew Locke 2022. Photo: Anna Arca

Duration 29 June 2022 - 18 September 2022
Times Wed – Sat, 11am – 7pm Sundays 10am – 6pm Closed Mon & Tue
Cost £13.50
Venue Hayward Gallery
Address Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Contact 0844 875 0073 / customer@southbankcentre.co.uk / www.southbankcentre.co.uk

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