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The Black Lunch Table
Event 16–17 July 2018
Event photograph from a previous iteration of ‘The Black Lunch Table,’ afterwards hosted on A4’s top floor. Participants are gathered outdoors around a wooden table against the backdrop of a densely wooded area.
Image courtesy of the Black Lunch Table.
Title The Black Lunch Table Dates 16–17 July 2018 Location Top Floor Tagline An oral history archive project with the Black Lunch Table. Credits

Jina Valentine
Heather Hart

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) is an ongoing collaboration between Jina Valentine and Heather Hart that was first staged in 2005 at the artist residency Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Organised around literal and metaphorical lunch tables, BLT seeks to democratise the writing of contemporary art history by animating discourse amongst the people living it.

We are augmenting the dominant narratives of contemporary art with the testimonies of living, working artists of the African Diaspora. Our primary aim is the production of discursive sites, wherein cultural producers of colour engage in critical dialogue with one another on topics directly affecting our global community. Providing a space to discuss critical issues strengthens the bonds within our nebulous community and validates shared concerns through exchange.