Bearing Witness

Gupta, Sunil; Lewis, Gail and Williams Gamaker, Michelle. 2019. Bearing Witness. In: Nick Aikens and Elizabeth Robles, eds. The Place Is Here: The Work of Black Artists in 1980s Britain. Berlin: Sternberg Press, pp. 281-291. ISBN 9783956794667 [Book Section]

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In Bearing Witness sociologist Gail Lewis and artists Michelle Williams Gamaker and Sunil Gupta take two artworks: Gupta’s ‘Pretended’ Family Relationships (1988) and Black Audio Film Collective’s Twilight City (1989) to discuss the manner in which artists, particularly those working in lens-based practices simultaneously wrote, recorded and took apart the unfolding history they were living. Lewis closes by speaking of the simultaneous warning and invitation these works make: ‘Look, look, look’, she says. ‘We do this. We inhabit these spaces. We shift you. We provide spaces to think about being and becoming other, something we couldn’t imagine we could be.’ This is a key interview within a pivotal survey on the Black Artists Movement in 1980s Britain.

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