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'Goat Curry and Rap', Video still, 2010



Performance-to-camera filmed on Camcorder video


A film made in response to a comment from right-wing provocateur Rod Liddle in the press. Liddle had reached for stereotypical positives resulting from the presence of people of colour in London, as a means of trying to soften rather grim remarks about the prevalence of young black youth in criminal activity. In responding to Liddle’s unpleasant remark, Elsa again humanises these demeaning stereotypes in a performative manner, confronting these outdated attitudes that may be held by some audience members, with a direct, unflinching stare -- Dr Jon Blackwood, Reader and Research Lead, Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University

'Goat Curry and Rap' was created in response to a Spectator column written by the English journalist, Rod Liddle that stated:


"The overwhelming majority of street crime, knife crime, gun crime, robbery and crimes of sexual violence in London is carried out by young men from the African-Caribbean community. Of course, in return, we have rap music, goat curry and a far more vibrant and diverse understanding of cultures, which were once alien to us. For which, many thanks." 


Related links:

Rod Liddle censured by the PCC

Rod Liddle accused of racism for blog

Rod Liddle branded 'racist' for blog blaming crime on black men


Goat Curry and Rap (excerpt), Camcorder video with sound, duration 00:08:54 

Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Installation view, Art Museum at the Universtiy of Toronto, 2024

Screening history


2024 - Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Canada 

2019 - Firstsite, Colchester

2018 - Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend

2010 - Chelsea Collage of Art, London

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