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Re-evaluating Tam Joseph’s ‘Spirit of the Carnival’

LSE Arts Talking Pictures lunchtime lecture series

The accomplished London-based artist Tam Joseph has produced a number of memorable paintings that locate themselves at the centre of socio-political commentary, often laced with humour and irony. Typical in this regard is his 1984 piece ‘Spirit of the Carnival’, a large mixed media work looking at a number of issues revolving around a rapidly deteriorating relationship between Black people and the police. ‘Spirit of the Carnival’ speaks of and speaks to, a particular moment in Black British history. This informal lecture will take a closer look at this seminal work and discuss its continuing relevance and significance.

Eddie Chambers is a curator and a writer of art criticism. He holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College, awarded in 1998, for his thesis researching press and public responses to Black visual arts practice in England in the 1980s.


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Date and Time:

7 October 2008 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



Shaw Library, London School of Economics
Old Building, Houghton St

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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