David A. Bailey

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    Cover image for the May 1995 Mirage: Enigmas of Race, Difference & Desire ICA/INIVA publication

Past Event


This event was on Thu 18 Oct, 7pm

Join curator David A. Bailey in conversation with editor and researcher Louis Hartnoll of Afterall as they discuss his 1995 exhibition Mirage: Enigmas of Race, Difference and Desire at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Opening up the two-month exhibition to include a series of artworks, performances, film screenings and an extensive discursive programme, ‘Mirage’ sought to interrogate the legacy of Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and its core themes of anti-colonialism, psychoanalysis, philosophy and critical race theory.

In association with Afterall.

About David A Bailey

David A Bailey’s practice is focused on the notion of diaspora and black representation in art. He co-curated the groundbreaking exhibitions Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance at the Hayward Gallery in London in 1997, and Back to Black: Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 2005.

David A Bailey has written extensively about photography and film. From 1996 to 2002, he was Co-Director of the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA) at the University of East London and from 2005 to 2011 he was a Curator at Platform for the Remember Saro-Wiwa Living Memorial.

Since 2006, he has been the founder and Director of the International Curators Forum.  In 2013 he was awarded the title Visiting Professor and UAL University Of The Arts London.

About Louis Hartnoll

Louis Hartnoll is an assistant editor at Afterall, an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and an AHRC–TECHNE doctoral student at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London.

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