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In Tate Britain
Artist
Black Audio Film Collective (John Akomfrah; Reece Auguis; Edward George; Lina Gopaul; Avril Johnson; David Lawson; Trevor Mathison) 1982–98 born 1958; born 1958; born1963; born 1959; born 1958; born 1962; born 1960
Medium
Film, 16 mm, or video, projection, colour and sound (mono)
Dimensions
Duration: 59min
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Members 2008
Reference
T12862

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Handsworth Songs is a richly-layered documentary representing the hopes and dreams of post-war black British people in the light of the civil disturbances of the 1980s. It engages with Britain’s colonial past, public and private memories, and the struggles of race and class.
The title refers to the riots in Handsworth, Birmingham during September 1985. The soundtrack is influenced by reggae, punk and the post-industrial noise movement. Black Audio Film Collective was founded in 1982 by a group of sociology, psychology and fine art students. The collective undertook all aspects of the production and distribution of their films.

Gallery label, August 2018

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