The acclaimed exhibition (18 February–21 May 2023) surveys Howardena Pindell’s six-decade-long career, from early abstract paintings to more overtly political works that tackle subjects including slavery, violence against Black and Indigenous people, and the AIDS pandemic. The show takes its title from an essay written by Pindell in the 1980s, in which she calls for ‘a new language’ for people of colour working in the arts—one which ‘empowers us and does not cause us to participate in our own disenfranchisement’.
A New Language is organised by the Fruitmarket, Edinburgh in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Spike Island, Bristol.
Read reviews of the exhibition in Frieze, The Guardian and The Observer
Image: Howardena Pindell, Text, 1975
© Howardena Pindell
Courtesy the artist, Garth Greenan Gallery, and Victoria Miro