Talisman in the Age of Difference

5 June 2018 - 21 July 2018
Curated by pioneering British artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, 'Talisman in the Age of Difference' is a journey of encounters that explores ideas of magic and subversive beauty in work by artists of African origin and across the diaspora and artists who empathise with the spirit of African resistance and representation. Presenting an eclectic and surprising range of works, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture, drawing and other objects from the early twentieth century to the present day.

Like Shonibare, all of these artists value art as a talisman: a vehicle for change. At the heart of the exhibition, Shonibare is asking, 'Can political art truly convey the power of its subject? Can art that is unconventionally beautiful be a form of resistance?’ 'Talisman in the Age of Difference' seeks to answer these questions.

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Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) has compiled a reading list of exhibition catalogues, artist monographs and publications in the collection of Stuart Hall Library in response to the themes of the exhibition. You can consult the complete list here.

We are also delighted to announce that American writer Antwaun Sargent has written the critical essay ‘Black Magic’ in response to the exhibition. You can download the essay here

You can download the full exhibition press release here, and the check list of works here

Private View: Monday 4 June, 6-8pm

Larry Achiampong (British / Ghanaian)
Derrick Adams (American)
Ghada Amer (Egyptian)
Benny Andrews (American)
Michael Armitage (British / Kenyan)
Romare Bearden
Armand Boua (Ivorian)
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (Ivorian)
Sonia Boyce (British)
Jake & Dinos Chapman (British)
Beauford Delaney (American)
Leonardo Drew (American)
Marlene Dumas (South African)
Melvin Edwards (American)
Samuel Fosso (Cameroonian)
Genevieve Gaignard (American)
Kendell Geers (South Africa)
Hassan Hajjaj (British / Moroccan)
David Hammons (American)
Lubaina Himid (British)
Kudzanai-Violet Hwami (Zimbabwean)
Isaac Julien (British)
William Kentridge (South African)
Abdoulaye Konaté (Malian)
Jacob Lawrence (American)
Hew Locke (British)
Whitfield Lovell (American)
Zanele Muholi (South African)
Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan)
Otobong Nkanga (Nigerian)
Abe Odedina (Nigerian)
Temitayo Ogunbiyi (American)
John Outterbridge (American)
Zak Ové (British)
Irvin Pascal (British)
William Pope.L (American)
Thomas J Price (British)
Jeremiah Quarshie (Ghanaian)
Faith Ringgold (American)
Deborah Roberts (American)
Betye Saar (American)
Zina Saro-Wiwa (Nigerian)
Mickalene Thomas (American)
Bill Traylor (American)
Kehinde Wiley (American)
Portia Zvavahera (Zimbabwean)