• 18 July 2017
  • 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Seminar Room, Paul Mellon Centre

This paper will introduce Alice's current research project, “Articulating British Asian Art Histories”. This project seeks to document and analyse the contributions made by Asian diaspora artists to British art during the 1980s and 90s. Although many Asian artists identified as ‘Black’ during this 1980s and early ‘90s, the project seeks to consider how the changing understanding of this term has helped and hindered scholars when attempting to articulate British-Asian art histories; although British Asian artists including Said Adrus, Zarina Bhimji, and Chila Burman have been included in recent reassessments of what has become known as the Black Arts Movement (including the exhibition, The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary, 2017), arguably the specificities of their Asian identities have yet to be fully addressed.

Throughout the 1980s and 90s group shows such as Numaish Lalit Kala: Indian Arts Festival (1988); Fabled Territories: New Asian Photography in Britain (1989); and The Circular Dance(1992) exhibited work by artists who were addressing themes of race, gender, sexuality and belonging in a variety of ways. Alice will consider these exhibition histories, and will assess their remit, reception and legacies. Did these exhibitions seek to present a coherent artistic and cultural solidarity, or were contradiction and dissonance celebrated? How can the diversity of British-Asian identities and artistic practices found in these exhibitions be unravelled?

The Fellows Lunch Series is a series of free lunchtime research talks given by recipients of Paul Mellon Centre Fellowships. All are welcome but please book a ticket in advance.

Image: Gurminder Sikand, "Woman and Elephant" (watercolour, gouache, and inks) from the cover of the catalogue, "Black Art - Plotting the Course"

About the speaker

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    Dr Alice Correia is a Research Fellow in Art History at the University of Salford, and is a specialist in late twentieth-century British art. Her current research project is titled Articulating British Asian Art Histories, which examines the work of South Asian diaspora artists active during the 1980s and 1990s. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Art History, Journal of British Visual Culture, and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. She is a Trustee of the journal Third Text.