The exhibition explores the lives of the ‘first black middle-class’ – the children of the 1950s and ‘60s who passed through the British educational system into the professions, changing the shape and appearance of British society.
60 Untold Stories of Black Britain, runs at the Professor Stuart Hall Building (Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, SE14) from the 1 – 30 October, exploring the education and careers of the sons of daughters of Caribbean migrants.
Black and white portraits captured by two photographers in their 60s and two in their 20s, audio interviews, and an accompanying documentary, chart decades of struggles, resolutions and achievements and challenge the viewer to answer the question “who are our black heroes?”
Beverley Campbell is the project lead and envisions 60 Untold Stories as providing a new historical perspective needed in order to gain a holistic view of heritage in Britain.
60 portraits of the 60 subjects will be on display in The Professor Stuart Hall building. Four photographers have been chosen to contribute 15 images each. Two are from a younger generation; Keri-Luke Campbell, Jacob Bryan-Amaning and two are from an older generation; George Walfall and Carlton Bryan.
60 Untold Stories has been curated by Goldsmiths MFA Curating student Tamar Clarke-Brown and supported by post-doctoral researcher Dr Leila Kamali and Centre for Caribbean Studies Director Professor Joan Anim-Addo.
One of only 17 black female professors in the UK, Joan’s portrait is included in the show, alongside contemporaries, including Lynton Kwesi Johnson (poet and Goldsmiths Sociology graduate) and Russell Profitt MBE, President of Goldsmiths’ Student Union 1968-69.
Visitors are able to scan QR codes present underneath the portraits in order to access the subjects’ oral histories. The web page visitors are directed to features an oral recording of the interview and a readable transcript as well as any additional information the subject has provided in order to give additional contextual basis.