Colin Jones The Black House, 571 Holloway Road, London 1976, printed 2012 Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016 © Colin Jones Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP
Tate Britain

Stan Firm inna Inglan: Black Diaspora in London, 1960-70s Until 19 November

Main Floor

Colin Jones

The Black House, 571 Holloway Road, London 1976, printed 2012

Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016

© Colin Jones

Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP 

Explore the experience of those who travelled from the Caribbean and West Africa to live in London

This display brings together works from the 1960s and 1970s by eight photographers who documented Black communities in London: Raphael Albert, Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi, James Barnor, Colin Jones, Neil Kenlock, Dennis Morris, Syd Shelton and Al Vandenberg

The photographs reveal the many and varied experiences of individuals who travelled from the Caribbean region and West Africa to live in London, from everyday family life to political engagement. They show people as they respond to, react against and move beyond the racial tension and exclusion that were part of life for Black communities in the British capital. The title of the display, ‘Stan Firm inna Inglan’, is taken from the poem It Dread inna Inglan by Linton Kwesi Johnson, who in the 1970s gave a voice and poetic form to the Afro-Caribbean diaspora and its resistance in the face of racism. The poem expresses in Jamaican patois (creole) the resolve of African, Asian and Caribbean immigrants to ‘stand firm in England’, asserting the determination of Black British communities to remain in Britain and declare it as their rightful home.

The work of most of the photographers has gained prominence in recent years through the research and curatorial work of Autograph ABP, which was established in London in 1988 to advocate the inclusion of historically marginalised photographic practices.

All works in the display have been gifted to the Tate collection and form part of the Eric and Louise Franck London Collection, an important collection of photography which was assembled over more than 20 years.

This display has been curated by Elena Crippa, Allison Thompson and Susana Vargas Cervantes. Alison and Susana worked at Tate as part of the Brooks International Fellowship programme for three months in 2016, fully funded by the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation and in partnership with the Delfina Foundation.

Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi East End, London, c.1975, printed 2012 Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016 © Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP

Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi

East End, London, c.1975, printed 2012

Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016

© Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi

Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP 

Raphael Albert Holley posing at Blythe Road, London, c. 1974, printed 2012 Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016 © Raphael Albert Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP

Raphael Albert

Holley posing at Blythe Road, London, c. 1974, printed 2012

Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016

© Raphael Albert

Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP 

James Barnor Drum Cover Girl Erlin Ibreck, London, 1966, printed 2010 Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016 © James Barnor Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP

James Barnor

Drum Cover Girl Erlin Ibreck, London, 1966, printed 2010

Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016

© James Barnor

Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP 

Dennis Morris Young Gun, Hackney, 1969, printed 2012 Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016 © Dennis Morris, all rights reserved. Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP

Dennis Morris

Young Gun, Hackney, 1969, printed 2012

Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016

© Dennis Morris, all rights reserved.

Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP 

Syd Shelton New Cross Road, Lewisham, London, 13 August 1977, 1977, printed 2012 Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016 © Syd Shelton Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP

Syd Shelton

New Cross Road, Lewisham, London, 13 August 1977, 1977, printed 2012

Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2016

© Syd Shelton

Digital Image courtesy of Autograph ABP 

Venue

Tate Britain
Millbank
London
SW1P 4RG
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Art in this room

Artwork

Neil Kenlock ‘Keep Britain white’ graffiti, Balham

1972, printed 2010
Artwork
Artwork

Dennis Morris Young Gun, Hackney

1969, printed 2012
Artwork

Al Vandenberg Untitled from the series On a Good Day

c.1975–80

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