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The John La Rose Talk Series

October 5, 2006 by  

Autograph ABP presents

The John La Rose Talk Series
Photography & The Caribbean Diaspora
Christopher Cozier in conversation with David A Bailey
The Research Centre for the Arts and Learning
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‘The Black Star Line Bonds’ from the series ‘Trees Without Roots’ Limón, Costa Rica, 1999. © 2006 Abigail Hadeed

6:30pm, 5th October
The Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, The Whitehead Building,
Goldsmiths College, University of London,
Laurie Grove, New Cross, London SE14
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7353

Nearest Tube
New Cross or New Cross Gate.

Trinidadian artist and writer Christopher Cozier and Autograph ABP’s Senior Curator David A Bailey will be exploring the so-called Black British photographic movement and its relationship to, and resonance with, a Caribbean photographic aesthetic. The conversation will focus on questions of exile, cultural identity and diasporic authorship. Cozier says ‘There is something around the making and taking of pictures in and by the Diaspora that interests me, the way that people like myself may see things within an over-extended convention of being only the Seen Subject, and the various shifting roles with and without the camera…’

Cozier is one of the leading contemporary artists in the Caribbean, exhibiting and publishing internationally. He was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2004, and is the subject of a documentary film produced by Richard Fung entitled Uncomfortable: the Art of Christopher Cozier in 2006. He is on the editorial collective of Small Axe, A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, published by the Indiana University Press. He has recently completed a research tour, visiting artists of island and mainland Caribbean nations.

This is the first of a series of free public talks organised by Autograph ABP over the next five months in venues across London, named in honour of John La Rose, who died in February this year.

‘John La Rose … was the elder statesman of Britain’s black communities. Like Marcus Garvey, CLR James, George Padmore, Fidel Castro and Frantz Fanon. John belongs to a Caribbean tradition of radical and revolutionary activism whose input has reverberated across continents. The depth and breadth of his contribution to the struggle for cultural and social change, for racial equality and social justice, for the humanisation of society, is unparalleled in the history of the black experience in Britain.’ Linton Kwesi Johnson

Autograph ABP is an international photographic arts agency that addresses issues of cultural identity and human rights. We develop, exhibit and publish the work of photographers from culturally diverse backgrounds and advocate their inclusion in all areas of exhibition, publishing, education and commerce in the visual arts. Further speakers for this series will be Alfredo Jaar, Hans Abbing, Lyndall Stein, Shahidul Alam, Paul Gilroy and Indra Khanna.

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