In Conversation: Michael Jackson: Black or White

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13 July 2018, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

An illuminating Path, 1998 by David LaChapelle. Courtesy of the artist. © David LaChapelle

A global icon, Michael Jackson was the first black musician to achieve world-wide fame. His image and music had, and continues to have, an extraordinary impact on culture, which is explored by writer, journalist and broadcaster Ekow Eshun, cultural critic and DJ madison moore and presenter, social historian and writer Emma Dabiri.

Ekow Eshun is a writer and curator. He is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, former Director of the ICA, London,  and former Editor of Arena and Mined magazines. Eshun is the curator of exhibitions including Made You Look: dandyism and black masculinity at The Photographer’s Gallery; Power & Architecture: public space and the post-Soviet world and Post-Soviet Visions: image and identity in the new Eastern Europe at Calvert 22, and Just Kids: Magnum photographers on youth culture, in association with Magnum. He has contributed texts to catalogues for artists including Chris Ofili, Kehinde Wiley, Wangechi Mutu, John Akomfrah and Hassan Hajjaj. Eshun’s writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Granta, Vogue, New Statesman and Wired and he frequently appears on BBC Radio 4 shows including Saturday Review and Front Row.  He is the author of Black Gold of the Sun: searching for home in England and Africa, nominated for the Orwell prize, and the editor of Africa Modern: creating the contemporary art of a continent. His portrait, by photographer Simon Frederick, is held in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

madison moore, PhD (Yale) is a cultural critic and DJ whose writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Theater, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, Aperture, Thought Catalog, Out, Splice Today, and Interview. He is the author of Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric, available at Yale University Press.

Listed as one of the BBC’s Broadcasting Stars of the Future 2017, Emma Dabiri is a presenter, social historian and writer. Emma has previously presented Back in Time for Brixton and the Back in Time Confectioners series (BBC Two), Is Love Racist? (Channel 4) and has done a number of social history films for The One Show (BBC). She currently co-presents Britain’s Lost Masterpieces (BBC4). On radio she has hosted BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review and Front Row and is currently working on a Radio 4 documentary, an exploration of Afro-futurism. Emma's debut book A History of Hairwill be published by Penguin, Allen Lane, in 2019. She is a teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS. She is completing her PhD, Mixed-Race A Ghost Story, at Goldsmiths.

Part of the programme of events complementing Michael Jackson: On the Wall.

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