Through a Glass Darkly: Imagining Black Resistance

Tuesday 18th September: 19.00 – 20.00
Admission: £5/£4 concessions

What are the real stories behind our traditional heroes? How have European traditions of portraiture informed notions of Black authority?
Join the author S.I. Martin for an interactive study of historical representations of Black leadership and identities.
Illustrated by photographs from Omar Victor Diop’s Liberty/Diasporaexhibition, we will travel through an alternative history of Black resistance to enslavement and colonialism.


In Conversation: Mayotte Magnus and Tracy Chevalier

National Portrait Gallery: Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Friday 21st September: 19.00
Admission: £10/£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters

In 1977, the National Portrait Gallery staged a landmark exhibition, featuring nearly ninety portraits of eminent women photographed by Mayotte Magnus. It was the first photographic exhibition at the Gallery to focus exclusively on female achievement. To celebrate the Gallery’s new display of her photographs, which revisits some of those key portraits of women who have illuminated our world through their performances, music, artworks and words, Mayotte Magnus talks to novelist Tracy Chevalier about her life and work.


Introducing Tish Murtha: Curators’ Talk + After Hours View

The Photographers’ Gallery
Monday 24th September: 18.30 – 20.00
Admission: £8/£5 members and concessions

Join exhibition co-curators Val Williams and Gordon MacDonald, with TPG Senior Curator Karen McQuaid to discover the remarkable work of documentary photographer Tish Murtha.

Current exhibition Tish Murtha: Works 1976 – 1991 draws together series of photographs uncovering the lived reality of political policies, social deprivation and communities struggling to survive in austere and transitional times across Britain and the North East. Parallels to contemporary living conditions, austerity politics and growing social inequality bring a timely urgency to viewing Murtha’s work.

Following the talk there will be an opportunity to explore the exhibition outside of normal gallery hours.