Malaina Joseph

Iron Sky: Beyond Black and White

Stephen Lawrence Centre, 39 Brookmill Road, SE8 4HU


This exhibition explores the symbolism of Iron Sky, a motif which is a recurring theme from the 2014 song “Iron Sky” by Paolo Nutini. It reflects the constancy of the social structure which is represented by the artist’s choice of colours.

Blue represents transformative power which can break through the iron sky. Yellow — the dominant colour — is symbolic of love, power, freedom and salvation. Red is symbolic of the two dynamic concepts generated by love and hate — trapped under the Iron Sky — providing energy for life, whilst green signifies creativity and prosperity. The blue thread is a metaphor for connectivity, which unites the major concepts of love and hate; fear and freedom; power and salvation. These four basic colours are the wellspring of our creative potential within an iron-clad social structure.

Iron Sky invites the participants to view, listen, reflect and act — to move beyond ‘black and white’.

Curated by Isobella Antoine-Farrow.

Sat 22 Sept 12:00 - 19:00,  Mon 24 - Fri 28 Sept 09:00 - 17:00

Opening Event: Sat 22 Sept 12:00 - 19:00
Live music by the super-talented Saxophonist ‘Wadada Stanbury’, ‘Blues Dilemma’ (a South London Jazz Collective that specialises in Latin Jazz, Blues, Dinner Jazz and Funk music), Performance DJ ‘Imperelle‘ and Fashion by ‘AquariusB’. Food and drinks will be available to buy.  
Free, but please register by clicking here.

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This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Acknowledgements: Paolo Nutini, Sonia Watson, Stephen Delsol,  Anthony Cumberbatch and Patrick Henry.

Image; Malaina Joseph (2018) ‘Iron Sky’. Mixed media board, 30 x 46 cm.