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The Place is Here

Nottingham Contemporary

4 Feb - 30 Apr 2017

The starting-point for this exhibition is a pivotal decade for British culture and politics: the 1980s. Spanning painting, sculpture, photography, film and archives, ‘The Place Is Here’ brings together a wide range of works by more than 30 artists and collectives. The questions they ask – about identity, representation and what culture is for – remain vital today. Many artists were looking to the Civil Rights movement in America, Black feminism, Pan-Africanism, the struggle over apartheid, and the emergent fields of postcolonial and cultural studies. The presentation is structured around four overlapping groupings, each of which is titled after a work on display: Signs of Empire; We Will Be; The People’s Account; and Convenience Not Love. Find out more about the ‘Place is Here’ exhibition from Nottingham Contemporary’s website.

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Detail of Pied Piper of Hamlyn – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (1987), Sutapa Biswas. © Sutapa Biswas

Detail of Pied Piper of Hamlyn – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (1987), Sutapa Biswas. ©Sutapa Biswas

From Tarzan to Rambo: English Born ‘Native’ Considers her Relationship to the Constructed/Self Image and her roots in Reconstruction (1987), Sonia Boyce. © Tate, London 2015.

From Tarzan to Rambo: English Born ‘Native’ Considers her Relationship to the Constructed/Self Image and her roots in Reconstruction (1987), Sonia Boyce. © Tate, London 2015.

A Fashionable Marriage (1986), Lubaina Himid. Courtesy of Matthew Birchall and Tao Lashley-Burnley

A Fashionable Marriage (1986), Lubaina Himid. Courtesy of Matthew Birchall and Tao Lashley-Burnley

Destruction of the National Front (1979-80), Eddie Chambers. © Tate, London 2015

Destruction of the National Front (1979-80), Eddie Chambers. © Tate, London 2015

Handsworth Songs, film still (1986), BAFC/John Akomfrah. Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

Handsworth Songs, film still (1986), BAFC/John Akomfrah.
Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

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