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Batik: The Living Art

Synopsis
Batik is used all over the Third World for fabric design and has been incorporated in many of the world’s leading fashion designer’s collections. Works of art produced by the batik method are not accepted by the western art world; they are classed as craft and ignored. This film addresses the issue through three artists: Sulayman Mannah from Gambia, Kamal Matthews from Guyana, and Shahkeen Merali from India. Through their daily lives we follow their struggle to be accepted as black artists in the UK. We see how they are attempting to overcome the prejudice against traditional black art forms in this country.
Series
Black Arts Video Project, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 25 min.
Year of production
1990
Availability
Hire; 1998 sale: £50.00 (+VAT +p&p) (VHS)
Subjects
Crafts
Keywords
art - African; artists - black artists; batik; Indian art

Credits

Director
Suj Ahmed
Producer
Kay Phillips
Contributor
Suj Ahmed
Cast
Kamal Matthews 
Shaheen Merali 
Sulayman Mannah 

Production Company

Name

Working Pictures

Distributor

Name

Arts on Film Archive, University of Westminster

Notes
Arts on Film Archive offers on-line access to a large range of films on art produced in the United Kingdom since the 1950s, and is a unique record of British and international post-war art, as well as of documentary film-making in the UK. In its first phase, the archive offers a complete database and an on-line video streaming of all 450 films made by the film department of Arts Council England between 1953 and 1998 and several films produced till 2003 by the dance Department of ACE. The collection is only available streamed to ac.uk domain addresses.

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