In episode one of the four-part mini-series, culture writer and curator Ekow Eshun searches for a definition of the BlackAtlantic, drawing on the works of JMW Turner, Ingrid Pollard, Isaac Julien and Yinka Shonibare.
In 1993, Paul Gilroy published a ground-breaking book, The Black Atlantic: Modernity & Double Consciousness, which has forever left its mark on historical and cultural studies. The idea that there exists a culture which is African, American, Caribbean, and British, all at once, has generated the rich and boundless space that is BlackAtlantic thinking.
This series explores Tate's collection and the impact of the Atlantic slave trade through the lens of the BlackAtlantic. It gives an accessible introduction to the BlackAtlantic, how it can help to understand British identity and how we can acknowledge and learn from history to look towards the future.
Watch the full series tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/b/black-atlantic/exploring-the-black-atlantic