Black on Black: F. N.Souza, Race and Creativity in Post-War Britain

Friday, 18 October 2013

18.00 - 20.00, room tbc

Francis Newton SouzaFrancis Newton Souza. Landscape.1965. Care of Grosvenor Gallery with kind permission of FN Souza EstateSpeaker(s): Gilane Tawadros (Founding Director, Iniva, London), Zehra Jumabhoy (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London), Philip Vann (Art Historian, Cambridge)

Chair: Professor Deborah Swallow (Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. However there may be places on the day due to cancellations....

Organised by: Zehra Jumabhoy with Professor Deborah Swallow (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London)

The Panel Discussion will coincide with an exhibition of F. N. Souza’s black-on-black paintings at Frieze Masters, in Grosvenor Gallery’s booth. This is the first time since their presentation in 1966 that these works have been exhibited together. Made in London, between 1964 and 1965, they marked a seminal moment in the late Indian artist’s oeuvre. Panelists will analyse how Souza’s paintings fit into debates about “Black-ness” in British Art from the 1960s onwards.


Zehra Jumabhoy (Phd Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London): The Dark Art of F.N. Souza.

Philip Vann (Art Writer and Curator, Cambridge): Excoriatingly Playful: The Visionary Art of F.N. Souza in the Context of Modernism.

Gilane Tawadros (Founding Director, Iniva, London): In the Ruins of Empire: F.N. Souza and Post-War British Art.

The papers will be followed by a Q&A session, led by Professor Deborah Swallow (Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London), and an informal reception.

About Patterns of Dissent; Contemporaneity in South Asian Art: The lacuna in knowledge regarding modern and contemporary South Asian art in western academic institutions is becoming increasingly evident at a time when numerous survey shows, and some high-profile solo exhibitions, have focused 'international' attention on it. This Seminar Series offers a platform for artists, curators and scholars to discuss urgent issues concerning the Subcontinent. What, after all, does the term “contemporary South Asian” mean?

The Seminars take place once a term, usually on Tuesday evenings at 6pm in the Research Forum. The papers are followed by an informal discussion with refreshments.

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