REVIEW: Black British Girlhood exhibition
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Bekke Popoola, Olivia Mathurin-Essandoh, and Kariima Ali opened the doors for their art exhibition ‘British Black Girlhood’, to affirm, explore, celebrate and share experiences of Black British girls. Various pieces from multiple mediums; photography, graphic art, illustrations, paintings, and writings were all on display; you’re able to construct your interpretation of their unique experiences.

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The private showing opened with powerful and emotive poetry with notable performances from Makayla, Rachel, Jordanne, Siana and Michelle as they blessed the audience with introspections and experiences of their girlhoods. This was shortly followed by a humorous screening of an episode from Cecile Emeke’s ‘Ackee and Saltfish series,’ and an intriguing short film by Tracey Francis.

From the artwork to night entertainment, there was a mixture of cultures showcasing the different perspectives of the Black British girls’ experience. However, each of their expressions are uniquely intertwined as they collectively contribute to affirm the experience of the British black girl.

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The night ended with legendary throwback music from Pepper Coast.
This is an exhibition for all to explore. Don’t just take our word for it, go and see for yourself.
It’s FREE entry for all and is open from the 27th – 31st July 2015 at the Centre for Better Health, 1a Darnley Road, London, e9 6qh – located 2 minutes walk from the iconic Hackney Empire, and the closest train station is Hackney Central.

Artist featured: Adams jallah, Ago Ogundayo, Fadzayi Charity Sango, Idowi kukoyi, Kay Davis, Pearl Ivy, Tracey Francis, Angela Simpeh, Samantha Almond Adeluwo, Bekke Popoola, Olivia Mathurin-Essandoh and Kariima Ali.

Photographed &

Written by – Kofi Dwaah

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