Syd Shelton

Bagga, Hackney, 1979

Framed gelatin silver print


Signed and numbered in pen on recto
20 x 16 inches / 40 x 50 cm (paper size)
Edition of 10

Only 3 Available

 Rock Against Racism (RAR) was a political movement that emerged in 1976 in reaction to a rise of racist attacks on the streets in the UK. The movement was active between 1976 and 1981. RAR confronted racist ideology in the streets, parks and towns halls of Britain. RAR was formed by a collective of musicians and political activists to fight fascism and racism through music. Under the slogan ‘Love Music, Hate Racism’ it showcased reggae and punk bands on the same stage, attracting large multicultural audiences. At atime when fascist attitudes of the National Front were gaining support, RAR marked the rising resistance to violent and institutionalised racism. It brought together black and white fans in their common love of music on order to discourage young people from embracing racism. The movement was founded in part, as a response to racist statements by rock musicians such as Eric Clapton. This print sits in a beautiful wooden black frame. Frame dimension are 62 x 52 x 4 cm. Please allow 2-4 weeks for framing and shipping.

This photograph is part of The Black Triangle, an exhibition on the civil rights and anti-racist movements in the UK, USA and South Africa. (7th of October – 3rd of December 2022). Email for a full list of works.

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