Birmingham’s Midlands Art Centre presents a unique display of photography from Alexis Chabala and curator Lorayne Crawford, as the Influence Project opens to the public.
The exhibition celebrates the impact that black musicians have had on contemporary sound and culture, along with social and political influences on new generations of artists.
Matt Grimes, Music Industries Lecturer at Birmingham City University believes that the history of black culture has had a significant impact on the music industry, both globally and locally.
The exhibition features portraits of over 100 artists and a collection of photographs that have never been shown before are also on display in the gallery.
The public’s reaction has been very positive and Birmingham Eastside caught up with visitors at the MAC.
Artists portrayed in the exhibition include those with strong Birmingham connections. The Influence Project also showcases artists from the mid-to-late 20th century.
Lorayne Crawford, curator of the exhibition explains the importance of the Influence Project.
“We wanted to tell the stories of these artists and highlight their musical importance in a way that would connect people and encourage them to explore the music they listen to. The exhibition is a way of bringing this together in a space that everyone can share and enjoy.”Lorayne Crawford, curator of The Influence Project
The Midlands Art Centre is suitable for all ages and backgrounds and receives over one million visits a year. It is also known to be one of the liveliest art centers in the Midlands.