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

**Unfortunately this event has been cancelled, we hope to reschedule at a later date**

This paper will introduce Alice Correia'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, Alice's 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.

About the speaker

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    Dr. Alice Correia is a Research Fellow at the University of Salford. Her current research examines British art and exhibitions in the 1980s, with a specific focus on South Asian diaspora artists. She has been awarded a mid-career fellowship from The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in order to undertake a project titled “Articulating British Asian Art Histories”. She co-editor of a special issue of Third Text titled “Partitions: Art and South Asia”, due for publication in 2017. Her DPhil from the University of Sussex examined contemporary art, (post)colonial identities and Britishness. She curated the exhibition Being British at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in 2009. She has also worked at the Government Art Collection, and Tate Britain, where she undertook a land-mark two year research project on Henry Moore.