A multi-media exhibition responding to 1977 - locally, nationally and internationally
This show focuses on the social milieu of 1977. It seeks to the highlight culture of resistance that grew up around a coalition of roots reggae and punk sub-cultures which sought to combat racism and amplify social justice, exemplified by the Rock Against Racism movement.
Curated by Soft Wax (Deptford Dub Club) and featuring work by Otherworld Arts, Ahmad Dayes, Fret and Alex Pemberton, Two 7s Clash will focus on the broader experiences and privations of the local working class community, particularly those who migrated to Britain.
The preview event on the evening of Thursday, 14 December, will feature live music from The Cre8tiv Choir, poetry from Mark Thompson, and DJ sets from: Mikey (Rebel Audio Vision), Tom (The Phobics), Andy P. (Fear and Loathing), Soft Wax (Deptford Dub Club), and Ahmad Dayes ( United Vibrations ).
The exhibition responds in part to local events in 1977, notably the Battle of Lewisham, and to the cultural moment that generated music and agit-prop and mirrored its broader socio-economic setting.
The show facilitates reflection on the connections and disjunctions between the social milieu of 1977 and now. The music also reflected what was happening nationally, with the mounting social conflict and austerity that gave birth to Thatcherism.
The clashing of two 7s is held to have paramount significance in the apocalyptic predictions of Marcus Garvey. These reflections on end times are directly referenced in the classic album and single “Two 7s Clash” by the Rastafarian reggae group Culture. Furthermore Rastafarian orthodoxy holds that there are 77 commandments from Kush/Kemet in “The Book of Divine Ordinances” that provide “The Code of Human Behaviour”.
All of these resonances are explored in the installation. The material installation flows fairly seamlessly into the performative dimension. The Preview that will take place in the installation on Thursday 14th December will directly echo the events staged by Rock Against Racism locally, in the late 70s.
Dates & times
|Date||Time||Add to calendar|
|12 Dec 2017||12:00pm - 7:00pm|
|13 Dec 2017||12:00pm - 7:00pm|
|14 Dec 2017||
12:00pm - 10:00pm
Preview event from 6:30pm
|15 Dec 2017||12:00pm - 7:00pm|
|16 Dec 2017||12:00pm - 7:00pm|
|17 Dec 2017||12:00pm - 4:00pm|
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