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Get Up Stand Up Now, at Somerset House [A Review]

Skeptical at first of the exhibition’s premise to celebrate 'the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond'. Somerset House’s Get Up Stand Up Now exhibition, curated by British visual artist Zak Ové, is a beautiful configuration of Black diasporic art from the past and present that renders the exhibition timeless and profoundly evoking emotionally, spiritually as well as intellectually.
The exhibition takes up fifteen or so rooms, as well as joining corridors, in Somerset House’s west wing. Sectioned into seven themes, Get Up Stand Up Now, explores topics of Black identity, Black collective struggles and Black Futures. Begins on an intimate note, Zak Ové walks us through the personal artifacts, trinkets, letters and printed materials such as books and pamphlets belonging to his filmmaker father Horace Ové, from the 60s and 70s, and combines this not only with Horace Ové’s photography, film stills and video clips but contemporary artworks such as Nari Ward's …

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