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Online Exhibition Tour: Nahem Shoa: Face of Britain

10th December 2020

19:00 - View all performance times

Southampton City Art Gallery , Civic Centre, Commercial Road

Box Office: 023 8083 4536

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Join Nahem Shoa, for a virtual tour of this extraordinary exhibition; exploring the themes of the show and the works on display, both individually and in relation to each other.

Face of Britain, curated by Nahem Shoa, is an exhibition of portraits by outstanding artists who have painted British individuals from the 17th century to the present day. Amongst highlights from the Southampton City Art Gallery collection is a selection of Shoa’s own striking oil paintings of black and mixed race sitters. Face of Britain asks a question which is especially pertinent now as world events force the widespread reassessment of our history and institutions: What does it mean to be British in 2020? At a time when many of the paintings in our national museums do not represent a non-white presence in Britain, which evidence suggests stretches back to Roman times, this is a portrait of our country inviting us to consider our diversity.

Shoa has chosen work by contemporary black artists like Desmond Haughton, Sonia Boyce and Chris Ofili to be displayed alongside historic portraits by Anthony Van Dyck and John Singer Sargeant and paintings by seminal Modernist figures such as Gwen John, Walter Sickert and Frank Auerbach. Through his work and his longstanding engagement with the history of portraiture, Shoa explores the possibilities for a traditional genre largely devoted to the commemoration of society’s most powerful.

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