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Explore Further

For people who would like to explore further the issues tackled by Maud Sulter’s work, we have prepared a bibliography, which has guided us in our preparation for this intervention. Below, you can find a brief selection of resources on different subjects: intersectionality, photography, and Sulter’s influences.


About Maud Sulter 

  • Cherry, Deborah (1998). ‘Troubling Presence: Body, Sound and Space in Installation Art of the mid-1990s.’ RACAR: Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Review  25, no. 1/2, pp. 12–30.  
  • Cherry, Deborah (2013). ‘Image-Making with Jeanne Duval in Mind: Photoworks by Maud Sulter, 1989–2002.’ In Women, the Arts and Globalization: Eccentric Experience, edited by Marsha Meskimmon and Dorothy Price. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Cherry, Deborah (2015). Maud Sulter: Passion. London: Altitude Editions, pp. 145–68.
  • Himid, Lubaina (2013). ‘Exhibiting Black Women’s Art in the 1980s.’ In Politics in a Glass Case:  Feminism, Exhibition Cultures and Curatorial Transgressions, edited by Angela Dimitrakaki and Lara Perry.  Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 84–9.
  • Mabon, Jim (1998). ‘Europe’s African Heritage in the Creative Work of Maud Sulter.’ Research in African Literatures  29, no. 4, pp. 149–55.
  • Thompson, Susannah (2021). Passionate and Political: Centring Black Women in Maud Sulter’s « Zabat » | Art UK.


By Maud Sulter 

  • Sulter, Maud (1989). Zabat: Poetics of a Family Tree; Poems, 1986-1989. Hebden Bridge: Urban Fox. 
  • Sulter, Maud, ed (1990). Passion: Discourses on Blackwomen’s Creativity. Hebden Bridge: Urban Fox.
  • Sulter, Maud (1991). Echo : works by women artists 1850-1940 [exhibition Tate Gallery, Liverpool 23 August – 29 September 1991]. Liverpool : Tate Gallery.
  • Sulter, Maud (1991). ‘Passion: Blackwomen’s Creativity’. Interview by Ardentia Verba. Spare Rib 8. 220 (February), pp. 6–8.
  • Sulter, Maud (2005). Sekhmet: A Decade Or So of Poems. Dumfries and Galloway Cultural Services.
  • Sulter, Maud (2021). ‘Call and Response’ (first published in Feminist Arts News, 1998), reprinted in ART HISTORY 44 (3): 599–602. doi:10.1111/1467-8365.12583.


Maud Sulter’s influences  

  • Cliff, M. (1990).  ‘Object into Subject: Some Thoughts on the Work of Black Women Artists’ In Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of  Color. Ed. Gloria Anzaldua. San Francisco: Aunt Lute, pp. 271-90.
  • Lorde, Audre (2007). Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Berkeley: Crossing Press.
  • Smith, B. ed. (1983). Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology. Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. 
  • Walker, A. (1985). The Color Purple, first published 1982. New York: Pocket Books. Simon & Schuster.  


On Photography 

  •  Kingsley, H. & Riopelle, C. (2012). Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present. London: National Gallery.
  • Munro S., Scott A. et al. (2017). Frank Raffles: Observing Women at Work. Glasgow: the Glasgow School of Arts.
  • Normand, T. (2007). Scottish photography: a history. Edinburgh: Luath. 
  • Plisnier, V. (2012). Le primitivisme dans la photographie : L’impact des arts extra-européens sur la modernité photographique de 1918 à nos jours. Paris: Trocadéro.  


Exploring Histories of the British Black Arts Movement

  •  Aikens, Nick, and Elizabeth Robles, eds (2019). The Place Is Here: The Work of Black Artists in 1980s Britain. Berlin and Eindhoven: Sternberg Press and Van Abbemuseum.
  • Bernier, Celeste-Marie (2018). Stick to the Skin: African American and Black British Art, 1965-2015. Oakland, California: University of California Press.
  • Chambers, Eddie (2014). Black Artists in British Art: A History since the 1950s London: I. B. Tauris.
  • Donnell A. ed (2013). Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture. 2nd ed. London: Routledge. 
  • Doy, G. (2000). Black Visual Culture, Modernity and Postmodernity. London: UB Taurus. 
  • Grant, Catherine (2019). ‘A Letter Sent, Waiting to Be Received: Queer Correspondence, Feminism and Black British Art.’ Women: A Cultural Review 30, no. 3, pp. 297–318. DOI 10.1080/09574042.2019.1658510. 
  • Grewal, S., Jackie Kay, Liliane Landor, Gail Lewis, and Pratibha Parmar, eds (1987). Charting the Journey: An Anthology of Black and Third World Women’s Writing. London: Sheba Feminist Press, 1987.
  • Himid, L. (2011). Thin Black Line(s). London: Tate Britain. 
  • Boyce, S. and Dorothy Price, eds. (2021) ‘Special Issue: Rethinking Black Artists and Modernism,’ ART HISTORY 44, no. 3: 456-675.


Resources on Decolonisation and the Arts  

  • Goh, Katie (2019). ‘Why museums need to decolonise their collections’. The Skinny 
  • Grant, Catherine, & Dorothy Price. ‘Decolonizing Art History.’ Special issue of ART HISTORY 43, no. 1, pp. 8-66. DOI 10.1111/1467-8365.12490.
  • Mignolo, Walter D., & Catherine E. Walsh (2018). On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Schmidt-Linsenhoff, V. (2009) ‘On and Beyond the Colour Line: Afterimages of Old and New Slavery in Contemporary Art’. In Haehnel, B. & Ulz, M., eds. Slavery in Art and Literature: Approaches to Trauma, Memory and Visuality. Berlin: Frank & Timme. 
  • Thompson, B., Amadiume, I. et al. (2008) Black Womanhood: Images, Icons and Ideologies of the African Body. Dartmouth: Hood Museum. 
  • Wisker, G. (2006) Key Concepts in Postcolonial Literature. London: Palgrave Macmillan.  


Understanding Intersectionality 

  •  Arana, R.V. & Ramey, L. (2004). Black British Women’s Writing. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Beam J. ed (1986). In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology. Boston: Alyson Publications. 
  • Collins, P.H., and S. Bilge. Intersectionality. Chichester: Polity, 2016.
  • Collins, P.H.. Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory. Duke University Press, 2019.
  • Grant, C. (2019). ‘A Letter Sent, Waiting to Be Received: Queer Correspondence, Feminism and Black British Art.’ Women: A Cultural Review 30, no. 3, pp. 297–318. DOI 10.1080/09574042.2019.1658510. 
  • Lorde, A. (2007). Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Berkeley: Crossing Press
  • Smith, B. ed. (1983). Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology. Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. 


On Sale at the Wardlaw Museum

  •  Akala (2019). Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire. London: Two Roads. 
  • Hunt, Kenya (2020). Girl: Essays on Black Womanhood. Glagsow: HarperCollins.
  • Olusoga, David (2016). Black and British: A Forgotten History. New York: Pan Macmillan.