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An installation of the sixteen original photomontages of Syrcas, a seminal body of work created by Maud Sulter (b. 1960 – d. 2008) during the early 1990s.
Sulter was an influential visual artist, poet, playwright and curator of Scottish-Ghanaian descent. Throughout her career and across different media, Sulter has questioned the lack of representation of black women in the histories of art and photography, and critically investigated the complex experiences of the African diaspora in European history and culture over the past six hundred years.
"Provocative and intellectually stimulating"
Maud Sulter was a prominent visual artist, writer and curator of Scottish-Ghanaian descent. Her work has been widely exhibited, including at the ICA in London (1985, 1990), the V&A in London (1989), Tate Liverpool (1991), the Studio Museum in New York (1997), the National Portrait Gallery in London (2002) and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh (2003).
Her work Africus was chosen by the Arts Council to represent Britain at the Johannesburg Biennale in 1996. Sulter’s work is represented in various public collections including the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, the Scottish Parliament Collection and the Arts Council, as well as numerous private collections.
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As an outcome of in-depth curatorial research led by Deborah Cherry, Professor of Art History at the University of the Arts London, and artist and curator Ajamu, this programme includes a strategic partnership between Autograph and Street Level Photoworks partnership, in association with TrAIN - the University of the Arts London research centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation.
Syrcas is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, the support of The Maud Sulter Estate, and the loan of Duval et Dumas, 1993 from the private collection of Eileen Yeo.
Special thanks to Ajamu, Deborah Cherry, Malcolm Dickson, Ingrid Pollard, and Eileen Yeo.
Banner images: 1) Maud Sulter, Noir et Blanc: Un [Black and White: One], 1993. From the series Syrcas. Courtesy of The Maud Sulter Estate. 2) Maud Sulter, Noir et Blanc: Deux [Black and White: Two], 1993. From the series Syrcas, 1993. Courtesy of The Maud Sulter Estate. 3) Syrcas gallery installation at Autograph, London. Photograph: Zoe Maxwell
Page images: 1) Maud Sulter, Noir et Blanc: Un [Black and White: One] [detail], 1993. From the series Syrcas. Courtesy of The Maud Sulter Estate. 2) Maud Sulter, Noir et Blanc: Deux [Black and White: Two] [detail], 1993. From the series Syrcas, 1993. Courtesy of The Maud Sulter Estate.
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