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Liberation begins in the imagination : writings on Caribbean-British art / edited by David A. Bailey and Allison Thompson.

London : Tate Publishing, 2021.
New York, NY : ABRAMS
Physical Description:
383 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Reference Library
N6768 .L53 2021 (LC)
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Includes bibliographical references.
This comprehensive volume from David A. Bailey and Allison Thompson brings together key writings on the interrelationship of Britain and the English-speaking Caribbean nations, focusing specifically on the art of the Caribbean diaspora in Britain from the 1920s to today. Today, around a million British people are of Caribbean descent, reflecting a history of post-war migration that essentially begins and ends with the Nationality Act of 1948 and the Immigration Act of 1972 - the so-called Windrush Generation. For many, London in particular was where the cultural archipelago of the Caribbean came together for the first time - communication and travel between the islands being difficult - and this British-Caribbean connection gave rise to a diverse, complex and exciting wealth of Black cultural forms. At one end of the spectrum, British-Caribbean art is abstract, symbolist and at times cosmological; at the other it is socially realist, with many other positions in between or off that spectrum. Where art is engaged with changes in society, it evokes a community's struggle to forge an identity and livelihood for itself in an environment that often proved hostile. Other works evoke deeper historical experiences, in particular the traumatic after-images of plantation slavery and its legacy in culture and society. Combining classic writings with some newly commissioned contributions, it explores intersecting areas of Black-British cultural production and reflects the diversity of the Black-British experience. With contributions from a range of scholars, Liberation through Imagination is an invaluable sourcebook for those interested in the rich and diverse field of postcolonial British-Caribbean art.
Subject Terms:
African diaspora in art.
Art, British -- 20th century.
Art, British -- 21st century.
Art, British.
Art, Caribbean -- 20th century.
Art, Caribbean -- 21st century.
Art, Caribbean.
Artists, Black -- Great Britain.
Bailey, David A., editor.
Thompson, Allison, editor.