Misan Sagay is a British-Nigerian screenwriter, best known for the 2013 film Belle.
In this conversation, Misan Sagay reflects on her experience of visiting the exhibition Black Chronicles II both in London (2014) and Atlanta (2016), the inspiration it provided to her work writing historical fiction for television, and the desire to see more black characters in visual culture.
Campbell X is a filmmaker and creator of contemporary British queer cinema.
Building on their Queering the Archive talk, Campbell X considers the role of LGBTQI ‘identity detective’: searching for clues in small gestures, facial expressions or accessories. How can we tell that these are not transgender people? How do we know that ‘friends’ aren’t lovers?
Dr. Caroline Bressey is a Reader in Historical Geography at University College London.
Caroline Bressey highlights key points from her lecture ‘Unnamed sitters, unknowable lives?’, highlighting the importance of archive photographs as an invaluable way to see a new kind of historical geography of the city.
Val Wilmer is a writer, photographer and collector.
In this extended interview, Val Wilmer offers insights on her professional background, her unique collection of cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards and other 19th century portraits of Black Britons, as well as the complexities of ‘reading race’ in photography.
Vron Ware is an academic, writer and professor at Kingston University.
Drawing on her expertise in British military history, Vron Ware considers photographs of the King’s Indian Orderly Officers in relation to colonial troops and the expansion of Empire, as well as the importance of teaching and seeing Black Chronicles II.
Heather Agyepong is a visual artist & photographer based in London.
Heather Agyepong talks about encountering Black Chronicles II, becoming a member of the TMC Collective, engaging with the 1862 portrait of Sarah Forbes Bonetta and producing her series Too Many Blackamoors in response.
Michael McMillan is a writer, dramatist and artist/curator.
Focusing on questions of masculinity and dandyism, Michael McMillan considers being a black man in 19th century Britain, and the concomitant challenges associated with politics of class, gender and race.
Karen Alexander is a film curator and former senior tutor for Curating Contemporary Art at RCA.
In this interview, Karen Alexander shares her experience of Black Chronicles II, and considers its significance in the wider context of curating, teaching, archiving in relation to Black British visual culture.
Lasana Shabazz is a performance artist, director and writer based in London.
In this brief interview, Lasana Shabazz shares his experience of Black Chronicles II, his thoughts on engaging with archives and exploring historical black figures in the present.
Keri-Luke Campbell is a multi-disciplinary digital imaging specialist.
Having volunteered in the early stages of The Missing Chapter programme and seen the development of Black Chronicles II since the start, Keri Luke Campbell speaks about the exhibition, visitor’s responses, and his personal relationship to the project.