Response to new art work in front of Edward Colston statue

I have to speak up and say I find this anonymous art installation pretty offensive. Without the words I feel this would be a perfect response to the Colston statue, the shadow cast as a slave ship. With the words however it’s problematic. There is no comparison between the workers mentioned in the art piece,

Decolonising the curriculum

For the record, I did my MA at SOAS 17 years ago, and in one of the essays I wrote there talked about Kant’s racism, Marx’s dismissive blind spot to race, and today I continue to talk about Franz Fanon and Paulo Freire (who was directly inspired by Fanon) in most lectures I give about

RWA exhibition – 10th – 31st August 2014

For some reason I’m only now getting to advertise this on my own blog,  I have an exhibition with Angus Fraser at Royal West Academy Gallery (RWA), Bristol – 10th – 31st August 2014 (so only one week left!!) My work, multimedia works including a 23 minute film (made in collaboration with Rob Mitchell), is about the SS

Anecdote of media’s domino-effect impact on a child

This morning on a lazy Sunday, watching ‘Good Luck Charlie‘ on the Disney Channel with my 9 year old daughter, two of the characters talked about a game of chess.  My daughter then said to me, ‘Let’s play chess’, and promptly got out the dusty multi-games compendium from its hiding place, leaving the remainder of

Black History in Wiltshire symposium

Last week I was honoured to Chair (and speak at) the ‘Black History in Wiltshire’ symposium in East Tytherton. The earliest known record of a person strongly suspected of being an African living in Wiltshire is 1586, Maria Mandula (described in the records as “Stranger, Aethiops”) living in Calne. (Ref – Terry Bracher) This is