Loans to the exhibition "Play it Again", Firstsite, Colechester
The Hyman Collection is lending a series of 9 works by Heather Agyepong to the exhibition 'Play It Again: The art of remaking' at Firstsite, Colchester. The programme features 'remade' objects, events and films, produced by artists and the public. The exhibition showcases how history, contemporary culture and our own everyday experiences inspire repetition, remaking and reenactment in different forms.
Heather Agyepong. New Acquisitions
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired Heather Agyepong's complete series Too Many Blackamoors. The work was inspired by a 19th century Carte-de-visite of Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta. Sarah was the West African adopted goddaughter of Queen Victoria who came to live in England at a young age. The images are based on my own personal experiences as a young black woman, dealing with the macro and micro traumas of racism encountered while travelling around European countries. Too Many Blackamoors aims to challenge the 'strong, independent, black female' narrative that can burden and often entrap black women. With Sarah as my template, the project attempts to illustrate the effects of such perceptual limitations whilst exploring my own internal conflicts of falling short from such mainstream ideals.