yinka shonibare MBE in ‘staying power’ at victoria and albert museum, london

16 February 2015
Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s is a project to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the V&A collection. It aims to raise awareness of the contribution of black Britons to British culture and society, as well as to the art of photography.

The exhibition will include Yinka Shonibare MBE's photographic series ‘Diary of a Victorian Dandy' (1998), one of the artist's most important works.

Over the last seven years the V&A has been working with Black Cultural Archives to acquire photographs either by black photographers or which document the lives of black people in Britain. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Museum has been able to collect 118 works by 17 artists. To complement the photographs, Black Cultural Archives have collected oral histories from a range of subjects including the photographers themselves, their relatives, and the people depicted in the images.

'Staying Power' runs from 16 February until 24 May 2015.

Yinka Shonibare MBE at Vitoria and Albert Museum.