7 February to 4 April 2008
A journey through black British lesbian and gay history.
This small but challenging exhibition publicly commemorates the people and events important to the black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. It celebrates achievements and highlights the issues the community has faced in the past and still faces today.
The display documents the emergence of the black LGBT community from the 1970s and demonstrates its contribution to campaigns for fair representation and against homophobia, while also celebrating the vibrant black LGBT cultural, club and music scene.
Outside Edge is an indispensable exploration of the first and subsequent turning points that have shaped the black LGBT experiences within contemporary London. It makes visible the black LGBT presence and by its very existence challenges the silences, omissions and the narrow cultural definitions of heritage, histories, identities and community from within the black community, wider gay community and within our own black LGBT communities.
Outside Edge is curated by Ajamu, co-founder of the rukus! Federation, which supports the work of black LGBT artists and other cultural producers in the UK and abroad. rukus! is also creating an important archive of material relating to the black LGBT community. If you would like to contribute, please contact rukus!.
Find out more about the work of rukus at: www.rukus.org.uk (external link)