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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

On Friday 1 July at 6.30pm the sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp will be speaking about her recent installation, Europe supported by Africa and America, in the Hintze Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Holly Trusted, formerly Senior Curator of Sculpture at the V&A, is going to discuss some of the other sculptures in the galleries in relation to Sokari’s work, notably Antonio Canova’s Three Graces. PSSA members are warmly invited to come along to these two interwoven presentations, discussing contemporary sculpture in the context of some of the historical traditions and contexts with which it is connected.

Sokari Douglas Camp studied Fine Art at Central School of Art and Design and at the Royal College of Art. Sokari has represented Britain and Nigeria in National and International exhibitions. She has held over 40 solo shows in venues such as the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute and The Museum of Mankind London. Sokari was shortlisted for the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth 2003. Her public artwork Battle Bus: Living Memorial for Ken Saro‐Wiwa, 2006, is a monument to the writer and Niger Delta activist. In 2005, she was awarded a CBE. She is an honorary Fellow of the University of the Arts London and of SOAS. Sokari has a solo show opening at the October Gallery on 16 June and will be participating in a mixed show at the V&A and Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW) 23 June- 3 July 2022.

Dr Holly Trusted FSA (formerly known as Marjorie Trusted) is co-founder and co-chair of the Public Statues and Sculpture Association and founding editor of the Sculpture Journal. A Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the University of Glasgow, she has lectured and published widely on sculpture. Her book on German baroque sculpture is to be published by Brepols later this year.

Event information

PSSA visit to the Sculpture Galleries at the V&A to hear Sokari Douglas Camp’s presentation of her installation, ‘ Europe supported by Africa and America, and to look at the display of historical sculpture in the gallery with the former Senior Curator of Sculpture, Holly Trusted.

A free PSSA event.

Please assemble for 6.30pm in front of Canova’s Three Graces, Room 22, Hintze Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington.


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