Our History brought to life at the V&A
This post is not quite a film, television, or theatre review, but it does hold an essence of all three. I was so tempted to share my thoughts on the Whitney biopic that was premiered last week, but I will leave that till another time. I have recently moved to Paris and it is interesting to see how heavily advertised, black shows and events are over here in comparison to London. This is surprising considering we are much more multicultural as a city than they are, however the level of support for our own culture in the UK is so low. So when I was searching for new and interesting things to do in London before I left I found and event that was being held at one of my favourite museums and thought I should share it with you guys. Museums may not be to everyone’s cup of tea and I must admit I am a bit of a nerd, but sometimes its more fun to go out and experience something different.
The V&A (Victoria and Albert museum) in South Kensington has a large theatre and performance collection which contains the history of black theatre, music and performance. Ranging from black performance in Britain before 1800 to the story of the Supremes. Also, in gallery 90 there is a showcase of Prints from Africa and the Diaspora, images from the 1960’s to now. A lot of the images will address social and political issues whilst others will display an appropriation of personal expression. I will definitely be attending when I return, it is always exciting to learn something new about our backgrounds and where we have come from.
Tickets are free for both you can literally just drop in, for more info check out vam.ac.uk
The collection started on the 26th January 2015 and will end on the 31st December 2015, the gallery will stay until the 6th July 2015, try and support something different while it is here!