Exhibition: In the Black Fantastic

This exhibition runs from Wed, 29th Jun 2022 to Sun, 18th Sep 2022. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

17th Aug 2022  
(11am - 9pm)
18th Aug 2022  
(11am - 7pm)
19th Aug 2022  
(11am - 7pm)
20th Aug 2022  
(11am - 7pm)
21st Aug 2022  
(10am - 6pm)
24th Aug 2022  
(11am - 9pm)
25th Aug 2022  
(11am - 7pm)

Cost: £13.50

This is the UK’s first major exhibition dedicated to the work of Black artists who use fantastical elements to address racial injustice and explore alternative realities.

Showcasing new works and special commissions, this exhibition adds a new chapter to the Hayward Gallery’s tradition of presenting ground-breaking shows that respond to and illuminate pivotal themes in contemporary art.

Curated by Ekow Eshun, In the Black Fantastic brings together a group of artists who inventively recycle and reconfigure elements of folklore, myth, science fiction, spiritual traditions, pageantry and legacies of Afrofuturism. The artists reimagine the ways in which we represent the past and think about the future, whilst also engaging with the challenges and conflicts of the present. The fantastical element has nothing to do with escapism; instead it considers alternative ways of being, and confronts socially constructed ideas about race.

Encompassing painting, photography, video, sculpture and mixed-media installations, the exhibition seeks to create multi-dimensional aesthetic experiences that bring the viewer into a new environment somewhere between the real world and a variety of imagined ones.

Participating artists include Nick Cave, Sedrick Chisom, Ellen Gallagher, Hew Locke, Wangechi Mutu, Rashaad Newsome, Chris Ofili, Tabita Rezaire, Cauleen Smith, Lina Iris Viktor and Kara Walker.

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