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Portfolio Magazine

Magazine relating to an exhibition, 1990
Published by: Portfolio Magazine
Year published: 1990

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Portfolio Magazine - The Magazine of Independent Photography in Scotland, No.8 : Summer / Autumn 1990 £1.95/Portfolio Magazine is published quarterly by Photography Workshop (Edinburgh) Limited, 43 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QB/Editor: Gloria Chambers. Distributor: Central Books, London.

Cover photograph : Calliope from Zabat - Maud Sulter
Contents: MAUD SULTER’s new work ZABAT, a rite of passage and a celebration of Blackwoman’s creativity, is discussed by OLIVER RICHON: p.8 - 13 (Oliver Richon is a photographer and writer. He lectures at Derbyshire College). Article contains 2 full page colour reproductions from the Zabat series: Polyhymnia and Terpsichore.

From the article: “In the article which follows, Oliver Richon places the work within the context of cultural and sexual difference and considers its place within recent photographic debates. Zabat is a photographic work which makes use of the ancient mythology of the Muses. The images of nine black women, incidentally but not accidentally all writers, artists and intellectuals, inhabit the space of the museum or the gallery.”

The cover print of Maud Sulter’s Calliope, 1989, C-type print (in the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum),  from her series Zabat. This self-portrait of Sulter as Calliope was part of a series of studio portraits that showed Black women artists and writers as the nine muses of Greek mythology. The series featured sitters such as Lubaina Himid, Alice Walker, and Dorothea Smart.

The work animated issues of status, portraiture, history, and Black women’s creativity, challenging the ways in which Black women had been rendered, or indeed, rendered invisible, by predominantly white male image-makers and others, in history.

Related people

»  Maud Sulter

Born, 1960 in Glasgow, Scotland. Died, 2008

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  Camerawork

London, United Kingdom

»  Rochdale Art Gallery

Rochdale, United Kingdom