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THE BLACKNESS SERIES

Text works

The great thing is that she [Tina M. Campt] makes an observation that the work of so many Black artists today begins from presumption --- that if you want to see the work and understand the work, you have to share their perspective. And I think this is one of the things that certainly I see in The Black Interior, in The Blackness Series --- listening to you describe exactly that process of whoever you are, having to adjust to a position essentially to see what you already see -- Ekow Eshun, Culture writer and curator

An ongoing series of numbered text works, commencing in 2016 and continuing to date, documenting historical and contemporary Black-lived experiences alongside broader critical social commentary. The font is typically black typeface on a black background, making the works intentionally arduous to read. Through this technique, the work attempts to accentuate how Black communities are held in the tension between hypervisibility and invisibility in our fractured world. The works become fully legible to read as light reflects and interacts with the work—whether on a digital screen display or with the work itself.

There are currently six iterations in the series, totalling forty-two works.

Social commentary (2016 to date), 23 x online text works, below
Policy No.1 Disrupt The Existing Narratives (2020), vinyl wall installation
Government Art Collection Works (2021), 3 x screenprints on paper
The Black Interior (2022), 13 x screenprints on paper
The Mary Prince Narratives: Part l (2023), 51 x online text works
MortiFications | However, I Can (2024), 2 x screenprint works on plywood



For optimal viewing, access The Blackness Series on a desktop screen.

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Work No. 40: Deep thoughts on the profound rupture in history caused by the transatlantic trafficking of enslaved African people, 2024

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Work No. 39: Untitled, 2024

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Work No. 37: A Chronological Perspective, 2023

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Work No. 36: Passed Over: Globally Every Black Parent's Worst Nightmare, 2023

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Work No. 35: Fact! 2023

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Work No. 34: Where Twitter Is At In The Year Twenty Twenty-Three, 2023

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Work No. 33: #JustStop: Black Women Are Tired Of White People Asking Them To Touch Their Hair, 2023

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Work No. 17: Tell it as it is Sis: Solidarity with Dawn Butler MP, 2021

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Work No. 16: On Blackness intersecting with White Essex, 2021

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Work No. 15: You think we can't see thought this bullshit? 2021

Work No. 14: Uncle Tom’s…sorry Tony Sewell's Race Report, 2021

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Work No. 13: The Gatekeepers’ Reminder, 2020

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Work No. 12: Self Care; As Meshell Ndegeocello Succinctly Put It, 2020

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Work No. 11: Rest in Power George Floyd, 2020

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Work No. 10: Gatekeepers, take note, 2020

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Work No. 9: The Story of the Windrush Scandal, 2020

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Work No. 8: Ode to Vanessa Nakate, 2020

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Work No. 7: Policy note to Essex, 2020

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Work No. 6: Yes, I was actually asked this question from a white woman CEO of a Hackney-based, predominately black service user charity, 2019

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Work No. 5: Untitled, 2019

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Work No. 4: Hey, we're over here!, 2018

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Work No. 3: Yawn! #ffs, 2016

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Work No. 2: Untitled, 2016

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Work No. 1: Take it or leave it, 2016

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