Brixton people and their struggles inspire dynamic exhibition

Overstand flyer

Brixton Village’s Studio 73 is to host an exhibition telling the stories of local people, struggles and society.

Overstand (Postcolonial Sampler) features the work of London artists Jaykoe and Neil Kenlock and will run from 14 to 29 October.

The dynamic series of collaborative works coincides with Black History Month and is based on images of life in Brixton before, during and after the 1981 uprising/riot – including original 1970s photographs by Kenlock – creating a series of mixed media screen prints.

The work forms part of Jaykoe’s research for an upcoming solo show, RADIX, which will focus on the UK riots of 2011.

Kenlock was born in 1950 in Jamaica and moved to Brixton to join his parents in 1963. He worked as a staff photographer for one of the first Black British newspapers, West Indian World.

He documented his local community, including the UK Black Panther movement. In 1979 he co-founded Root magazine – which showcased Black British fashion – as well as, in 1990,  Choice FM, London’s first legal radio station dedicated to Black music.

His images of Caribbean people in Brixton in the late 1960s and 70s are part of the exhibition at Studio 73 and are also on display in the current Tate Britain exhibition Stan Firm Inna Inglan.

Bob Marley © Neil Kenlock
Bob Marley © Neil Kenlock

His photographs of Bob Marley at one of his last UK performances, in January 1977 at London’s Rainbow Theatre, are shown at Studio 73 for the first time both as original photographs and sampled to create new works by Jaykoe.

Jaykoe was born in London in 1978. His work involves a range of mixing and sampling processes.

A soundsystem DJ, he experiments with techniques used in audio sampling, translating them to the visual realm. He also examines the role of pirate radio in linking people across cities and the globe.

“Overstand is about the people, the struggle and their influence on society,” says Neil Kenlock.

“I am delighted to collaborate with Jaykoe on this exhibition because our works, although they are from different eras, tell important stories about the same community.”



Overstand (Postcolonial Sampler)

14 to 29 October 2017

Curated by Christina Mitrentse and Jaykoe

Studio 73 Gallery

Tues–Sat 11am-5.30pm, Sun 12–4pm

Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS