Currently showing at Peckham Space is The South London Black Music Archive, an exhibition by artist Barby Asante that aims to celebrate, preserve and investigate South Londoners’ personal relationships with moments in black music history.
The venue is transformed into an ‘open archive’ mapping objects which represent and explore the personal stories which comprise the fascinating history of the influence and evolution of black music in South London. Welcoming contributions from the public, this archive includes items such as books, magazines, concert tickets, posters, stories, records and CDs gathered and displayed with the reverence of museum pieces. Asante’s selected objects highlighting seminal moments in this history share the same platform as visitors’ objects and stories depicting their own experiences through music and memorabilia.
Barby Asante said: “The influence of black music on the development on popular music is often overlooked. Black music has also played a significant role in the development of British culture from the 1950s and this is a great opportunity to provide a platform for people to consider the significance of this cultural activity on their lives.”
To coincide with the exhibition, the design collective Åbäke has designed a limited edition 12” single, Legacy Tunes
The exhibition runs until 24 March 2012
The South London Black Music Archive
University of the Arts, London
89 Peckham High Street