Tate acquires Maud Sulter‘s stunning series of 9 large-format Polaroid photographs, Les Bijoux (2002) in which she imagines herself as Jeanne Duval. Sulter was preoccupied with Duval’s imagery and history throughout her career: “My ongoing visual fascination with Jeanne Duval began in 1988 with a visceral response to a Nadar photograph captioned Unknown Woman. There she stared at me willing me to give her a name, an identity, a voice. So for over a decade I have been image-making with her in mind.” (Sulter, in Jeanne Duval: A Melodrama, National Galleries of Scotland 2003, p.11) The title “Les Bijoux” comes from a poem by the French poet Charles Baudelaire, Duval’s long-term companion.
Shining Lights: Black Women in UK Photography, talk by Joy Gregory at Autograph, 11 June 2019, 7pm.
The Place is Here: The Work of Black Artists in 1980s Britain, edited by Nick Aikens and Elizabeth Robbles, published by Sternberg Press and Van Abbemuseum. A publication building on the exhibition, The Place is Here, 2016-17. Published June 2019.
Get Up, Stand Up Now, exhibition, Somerset House, 12 June – 15 September 2019. A major show “celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond”.