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.