gaining inspiration: soul of a nation

On the 30th August I visited the Tate Modern to see the Soul of a Nation exhibition.


A few weeks ago, I found out about the exhibition while on the London Underground. I was passing through the rush of people and got captivated by an image used to advertise the exhibition. This image was Barkley L. Hendricks Icon for My Man Superman 1969. The use of the Black male figure wearing the superman top instantly caught my attention. Intrigued, I began to read the text which led me to book a viewing for the Soul of a Nation exhibition.


As a young Black women studying History of Art, a significant issue is the lack of diversity when learning about Art History and the art world in general. So seeing a national institution like the Tate Modern holding an exhibition celebrating African American artists (amongst other American artists) really excited me and made me keen to experience this exhibition. Furthermore, the exhibition has come at a time when negative racial issues in America has occurred, making the Soul of a Nation a wonderful example of positivity and the importance in educating people on racial and political matters of the 1960s onwards.

I was inspired by the artwork these artists created. Beautifully crafted and wonderfully depicted pieces that spoke volumes. From seeing art that I had learned and written an essay on, to art that I had not had the pleasure of viewing, the exhibition left me wanting to learn more and do more.


Written by Denise Odong


Photographed by Denise Odong

Image Credits: Soul Of A Nation Poster 

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