Online Course
02 Nov - 30 Nov 2020 18:30 - 20:00

Art in the Age of Black Girl Magic: Photography & Documentary

An in-depth and fearless exploration of the practices and strategies used by Black women and non-binary artists and photographers to shape a creative space and identity outside the predominant White, male canon. 

This five-week online course examines the historic and contemporary role of photography and documentary in the work of Black women and non-binary artists. Using the work of practitioners including Marcia Michael, Silvia Rosi and Dr Doris Derby, each session explores alternative narratives and approaches that foreground representation, protest, performance, body politics and self authorship within the Black diaspora.

Led by researcher and curator Bolanle Tajudeen.

Details on how to access the sessions will be confirmed upon registration. Please check your junk folders if you haven't received an email from TPG staff confirming your place.


Week 1: Self Portraits

In our first session we will analyse how Black women artists use the medium of photography to capture themselves and tell stories of their families, historical figures and social issues such as racism and migration.

Week 2: Party & Protest

Black life as lived within the structures of white supremacy is routinely devalued. This in turn brings immeasurable amounts of emotional and economic suffering to the community. This session will examine work that addresses Black resistance both through protest and celebration.

Week 3: Performance & Pornography

Black women’s bodies are regularly exhibited and sexualised. This week will explore how objectification in sex performance spaces take shape. Through art and photography we will look at what it means for Black women's bodies to be in front of the camera as subjects of desire, both historically and today.

Week 4

This week we will be joined by a guest speaker. More details to follow. 

Week 5: Decolonising the Diaspora

The Black diaspora is predominantly viewed through the lens of white artists. This has left little room for self-authorship from within the community itself. What happens when Black artists and photographers choose to document their communities? In what ways have they also contributed to decolonising the medium of photography?


Bolanle Tajudeen is the founder of Black Blossoms — an expanded curatorial platform showcasing contemporary Black women and non-binary artists since 2015. In 2020 she launched the Black Blossoms School of Art and Culture, an online learning platform decolonising art education. Bolanle is also the lead tutor of Art in the Age of Black Girl Magic, an in-depth course delving into the historic and contemporary practices of Black women artists. She has delivered lectures at Tate, Central Saint Martins and the Southbank.

£165/£150 members & concessions 

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