British Black arts movement leader Ingrid Pollard has examined pub culture in Britain and its relationship with racism in her recent exhibition, "Seventeen of Sixty Eight," displayed at Tate Liverpool. Pollard's aim with the exhibition is to start a complex conversation about the history and symbolism of pub signs, in particular, those named "Black Boy" and their multiple meanings. Her installation consists of photographs, prints, kinetic sculptures, and demonstration banners. Additionally, she shows a looped video of a dancing blackface marionette, which she believes is an important reminder of the underlying racism in many seemingly innocuous figures.
South African ceramicist and designer Zizipho Poswa uses clay and bronze to celebrate her Xhosa ancestry. Her work is inspired by mysticism, rituals, religion, and family. Her latest exhibition showcased clay and bronze sculptures depicting African hairstyles combined with traditional vessel forms. Poswa's ceramic works have been well received, provoking a sense of nostalgia and remembrance while reminding viewers of the importance of preserving cultural heritage.
This South African ceramicist is using her work to celebrate her Xhosa ancestry, showcasing a range of stories and mystical elements from her background. Zizipho Poswa prefers clay as her medium, and combines it with bronze, using the materials to depict African hairstyles as well as traditional vessel forms. Her recent exhibition, titled “uBuhle boKhokho,” meaning “Beauty of Our Ancestors” incorporated shades of black and bronze throughout, and was very well received in the local artistic community. These ceramics honor and celebrate the culture and heritage of her ancestors while preserving their beauty for generations to come.