A 50 year retrospective of the iconic American artist Faith Ringgold is currently on show at The Serpentine Gallery in London. As an artist who was involved in the civil rights and feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s, this is artistic activism at its best. As her grandmother and great grandmother were both former slaves, Ringgold is uniquely placed to provide perspective on slavery and discrimination against black women, both of which are still sadly very much in existence today.
Her work chronicles through the decades racial tension and integration, African American identity, black power and activism, the broken promises of American democracy as seen through the lens of an African American.
Raise Your Voice Unite Tell Your Story runs from 6 June – 8 September at London’s Serpentine Gallery.