Moving Images, Exhibition Histories: "Dreaming Rivers" and "Handsworth Songs"

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Abstract / Description of output

A reflection on the exhibition histories for two films produced in the UK in the 1980s – by Sankofa ("Dreaming Rivers") and Black Audio Film Collective ("Handsworth Songs"). This essay addresses some of the presentation contexts for these films – including TV broadcast in the UK and cinema programming in New York, at the time of their creation; also their curation into major survey exhibitions and museum displays more recently; and, further, their live streaming. What have varying contexts of presentation brought out in the films? And how might that shape an appreciation of them now?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReshaping the Field
Subtitle of host publicationArts of the African Diasporas on Display
EditorsNana Adusei-Poku
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAfterall Books, University of the Arts London
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-3-7533-0238-6, 978-1-84638-263-5
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • moving image
  • exhibition histories
  • UK black art


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