in reality, these things need to be said
7 August - 29 August 2021

Featuring; Exodus Crooks, Arit Emmanuela Etukudo, Rene Matić, Zethu Maseko and Kim Thompson, based in the United Kingdom, South Africa and the United States.

in reality, these things need to be said considers themes of reclaiming stolen pasts through traditional tapestry and soundscape processes rooted in South Africa. It explores the uncovering of embedded systemic gaslighting within the United Kingdom, taking form through mobile phone footage and spoken word.

in reality also looks to present a response to the ‘forgotten’ St Ann’s riots of 1958; A precursor and catalyst for the Notting Hill race riots. Unveiled through self-portraiture and film, the fear and disdain surrounding African spirituality within Black and African communities is projected and these notions are challenged on screen. Large-scale portraits celebrate a Jamaican migrant matriarch through fashion, family, and their community in Nottingham.

Curated by Jazz Swali and Saziso Phiri

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