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Jade Montserrat, Her inscription read brown sugar, 2017, mixed media on paper, 9 1⁄2 × 6 3⁄4".

Jade Montserrat, Her inscription read brown sugar, 2017, mixed media on paper, 9 1⁄2 × 6 3⁄4".

Jade Montserrat

Stuart Hall Library, Iniva

A gallery today is mostly imagined as a three-dimensional space; instead, the artist, activist, and writer Jade Montserrat frequently activates her exhibition sites primarily as a valuable collection of walls, which she loads with messages and reflections about black British bodies—their overlooked history and experiences—alongside an urgent call for a renewed society built on affection, care, and ethics. Her performance/installation No Need for Clothing, 2017, featured the artist naked and hard at work, drawing with charcoal directly on the wall to compose an allover spread of brief enigmatic texts (written in a giant, vibrant, serifed font) derived from various sources: literature, overheard conversations, her own writings. The artist sometimes invites visiting participants to edit or highlight her work—these collaborators come away as covered in sooty charcoal as the artist’s body

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