The exhibition includes the legendary soundsuits of the American artist Nick Cave (1959), the Watery Ecstatic works by Ellen Gallagher (1965), in which she combines mythology and the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and Wangechi Mutu's compelling video work The End of eating Everything in which she depicts the monstrous nature of mass consumption.
The writer and curator Ekow Eshun brings together two generations of artists in this exhibition: Nick Cave, Sedrick Chisom, Ellen Gallagher, Hew Locke, Wangechi Mutu, Rashaad Newsome, Chris Ofili, Tabita Rezaire, Cauleen Smith, Lina Iris Viktor, and Kara Walker.
‘In the Black Fantastic’ is realised in collaboration with Hayward Gallery in London. A small selection of reactions to this exhibition from the British press:
The Evening Standard - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
“Unlikely to be a better show this year”
The Guardian - ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
“Eleven contemporary artists inspired by Afrofuturism consider possible futures with a hopeful, fizzing energy”