1 of 2 portraits of Sonia Boyce
by Pogus Caesar
digital gelatin silver print, 1983
9 7/8 in. x 13 3/4 in. (250 mm x 350 mm) image size
Artistback to top
- Pogus Caesar (1953-), Photographer, conceptual artist, archivist, author, curator, television producer and director. Artist or producer of 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Pogus Caesar explains: 'This photograph of Sonia Boyce was taken in Handsworth, Birmingham, in 1983, at the time she was studying at Stourbridge College in the West Midlands. Sonia came to visit, we talked for quite some time and she allowed me to take a number of portraits. There is so much tranquillity, warmth and calmness in Sonia, her art transcends so many boundaries and incorporates historical traditions.'
Events of 1983back to top
Current affairsMargaret Thatcher wins a landslide majority for the Conservative Party at the general election. Although her premiership had previously been unpopular, the British victory in the Falklands coupled with divisions in Michael Foot's Labour opposition, helped her to gain popularity and win the most decisive election victory since 1945.
Art and scienceThe British sitcom Blackadder is aired for the first time. Each of the four series followed the character of the anti-hero Edmund Blackadder and took place during a different period of British history. The first series, The Black Adder, was a satire of medieval England during the rein of the fictitious Richard IV, and frequently lifted famous lines from Shakespeare.
InternationalThe armed struggle between Tamil militants and the Sinhalese-dominated government of Sri Lanka begin with the Black July pogrom. Mobs (allegedly supported by the government) started attacking and murdering Tamils following an attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on government soldiers. Civil war between the government and Tamil nationalists has continued sporadically ever since.
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