Stopover in London

3 October 2018 – 26 January 2019, The Showroom, Exhibition

"There were also a few personalities—mostly Afro-Americans—who had opened up little clubs in the West End of London. This was allowed by the censors for they recognized the group-consciousness of the West Indian and West African and accepted that there should be places of relaxation. One of the most famous of these was the Florence Mills Club, manned by Amy Ashwood Garvey; you could go there after you'd been slugging it out for two or three hours at Hyde Park or some other meeting, and get a lovely meal, dance and enjoy yourself.” 

Ras Makonnen, Pan-Africanism From Within. Nairobi: Oxford University Press 1973, 130. 

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Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum Exalt B.H. 2018
Painted mural on exterior of The Showroom. Photo: Daniel Brooke

Women on Aeroplanes presented new work by artists Lungiswa Gqunta, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, observing the largely unrecognised role of women in struggles for liberation, their participation in transatlantic networks, and their key voices in revolutionary socio-political movements that helped to achieve post-colonial nation-states in Africa.

What makes it possible for certain individuals’ stories to prevail, while others remain invisible, or disappear into oblivion? What are the intricacies of institutional or structural erasure? And how does the unveiling of such silenced narratives contribute to collective thinking?

Curated by Emily Pethick and Elvira Dyangani Ose with The Otolith Collective (Kodwo Eshun, Anjalika Sagar and Hannah Liley).

See also Inflight Magazine # 4

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Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum Exalt B.H. 2018
Detail of painted mural on exterior of The Showroom. Photo: Annett Busch

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Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum Exalt B.H. 2018
Detail of painted mural on exterior of The Showroom. Photo: Annett Busch

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Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum Exalt B.H. 2018
Painted mural on exterior of The Showroom. Photo: Annett Busch

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Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Carrying Yours and Standing Between You, 2018
Mixed media installation Photo: Daniel Brooke.

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Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Carrying Yours and Standing Between You, 2018
Mixed media installation Photo: Daniel Brooke.

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Lungiswa Gqunta, What songs will we sing when everything returns to us, 2018
Installation, Photo: Daniel Brooke

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Lungiswa Gqunta, What songs will we sing when everything returns to us, 2018
Detail of drawing series The Flex Has a Loop In It, 2018, Photo: Annett Busch

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Lungiswa Gqunta, What songs will we sing when everything returns to us, 2018
Detail of drawing series The Flex Has a Loop In It, 2018, Photo: Annett Busch

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Lungiswa Gqunta, What songs will we sing when everything returns to us, 2018
Detail of drawing series The Flex Has a Loop In It, 2018, Photo: Annett Busch