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Research Network: Archipelagos in Reverse

Reading Group lower case b? Sepake Angiama

15 Jul 2021
  • Location

    Rabbit Road Press / Online

  • Date

    Thursday 15th July 2021

  • Time


  • Free, booking required

  • Artists

    Sepake Angiama

Alongside the Archipelagos in Reverse Research Associates, iniva embarks on its own research sparked from the writing of two previous curators of iniva Melanie Keen and Eddie Chambers. 

In Recordings published by iniva and Chelsea College of Art and Design in 1996 the word ‘black’ – with a lower case b – was used to describe people of African, Afro-Caribbean, South East Asian and Asian descent while acknowledging it as a contentious issue.

Although much of iniva‘s work has been concerned with the legacy of radical practices of the Black Arts Movement in the UK and beyond. What are new internationalisms that define artistic research and practices today? How have iniva projects framed blackness and what are some of the issues of categorisation and indexing in relation to iniva‘s archive?

Through collective study, watching, listening, reading we explore beyond the limitations and boundaries of citing ‘blackness’ and the use of the lower-case b.

This reading group is open to all; it is a supportive and peer-led space for thinking and learning together. It is a space for constructive disagreements and critical engagement that is always based on mutual respect, interest, and care. If you have any access requirements, please email us in advance at info@iniva.org and we will do our best to accommodate them.

All texts are read together in the group, you don’t need to read them in advance. However, if you would prefer to read a copy in advance, please follow the links below.


Sepake Angiama praxis stems from radical pedagogies, black feminist thought, rethinking human/non–human relations rooted in how we might reimagine and inhabit the world otherwise. She is the artistic director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (iniva), dedicated to developing artistic research, radial education practices, collective study, publishing and community led commissioning that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation.

Reading Text

Black artists in British Art. Some problems with history and its treatment of Black-British artists by Eddie Chambers from Re-Recordings

Recordings: an introduction by Melanie Keen (1996)

Passion: Discourses on B/blackwomen’s Creativity (1990)

Assembling the 1980s: The Deluge – and After by Stuart Hall in Shades of Black. Published by DUKE & iniva

Further Reading

What is this “black” in black popular culture? by Stuart Hall in Popular culture and cultural theory: A reader. 4th ed. by Storey, J. Essex: Pearson (2009)

Jenn Nkiru Black to Techno (2019)

Black Art – A Cultural History by Richard J. Powell.

Back to Black The Black Arts Movement, Whitechapel catalogue

Futures of Black Radicalism edited by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin

Black Arts in Britain by Kwesi Owuso

Back to Black by Kehinde Andrews

The Other Story at South Bank Centre 1989

Black Skin White Masks by Franz Fanon

Global Visions: Towards a new internationalism in the visual arts. iniva, 1994