Maud Sulter: Syrcas
"Syrcas offers a radical deconstruction of Western perspectives on African art" - Deborah Cherry
The photomontages in Maud Sulter's series Syrcas aim to revive the forgotten history of the genocide of black Europeans during the Holocaust. Sulter juxtaposes imagery from classical European art history with African art objects, overlaid on vintage postcards of picturesque, unspecified Alpine landscapes.
The photomontages’ visual tropes are intimately tied up with Nazi ideology and questions of racial purity as well as African presences in Europe, while the raw montage serves as reference to children’s scrapbooks.
This newspaper accompanied Autograph's exhibition Maud Sulter: Syrcas, and features texts by Deborah Cherry and Mark Sealy.
Maud Sulter (1960 - 2008) was an influential visual artist, poet, playwright and curator of Scottish-Ghanaian descent. Throughout her career and across different media, Sulter 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.
Dimensions: 41x 26.5cm
Published as part of the 2016 exhibition Maud Sulter: Syrcas at Autograph, London.
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