This display showcases a variety of photographic responses to black British experience. The pieces have recently been acquired as part of a collaborative project with the Black Cultural Archives which aims to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the museum. So far, 118 works from 17 artists have been collected, with pieces ranging from Yinka Shonibare's large-scale series, 'Diary of a Victorian Dandy', to JD Okhai Ojeikere's black and white studies of elaborate head ties worn by Nigerian women.
To complement and give context to the photographs, the BCA has collected oral histories from a range of subjects including the photographers themselves, their relatives and the people depicted in the images.
Simultaneously the BCA also presents an exhibition drawn from the Staying Power collection at its heritage centre in Brixton (1 Windrush Square, SW2 1EF. January 15-July 30, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm).