Black to the Future: A Discussion of the Arts Through a Black Cultural Lens

Solent Showcase Gallery , Southampton, United Kingdom
12 Oct 2018 - 08 Dec 2018

Ade Adesina 'The View After The Questions', 2018, Linocut

Ade Adesina 'The View After The Questions', 2018, Linocut

Solent Showcase Gallery announced their upcoming exhibition BLACK TO THE FUTURE: A Discussion of the Arts Through a Black Cultural Lens running from 12th October – 8th December 2018 and featuring Ade Adesina, Carleen De Sözer, Harold Offeh and Leyla Reynolds.

As part of Black History Month, Southampton Race & Diversity consultant Don John and Showcase Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of exciting UK artists who are exploring art through a black cultural lens. Dismantling stereotypes, fusing cultures, and imagining futures are ways in which these artists are providing a starting point in the gallery for a range of open and discursive events between October – December about Afrofuturism and how it connects to the city.

From Badu to Barack Obama, through Beyonce and Black Panther, Afrofuturism is making gains into the American mainstream and further afield. How do we connect with this movement? How do these representations speak to the people in Southampton? The Showcase Gallery invites you to imagine how black individuals and communities can defy the norms of documented black histories to spur social change.

The Showcase Gallery will host a series of cross disciplinary activities, collaborations, screenings and events. They invite communities to stake a claim in the larger Afrofuturism exhibition project, planned for 2020/21.

The title, Black To The Future, comes from an influential essay by US author Mark Dery.


Solent Showcase Gallery
157-187 Above Bar Street,
Southampton, SO14 7NN