Photographer Liz Johnson Artur Documents London’s BLM Protests in New Book, ‘Time Don’t Run Here’

This week marks two years since the tragic passing of George Floyd. When a video of his unjustifiable arrest and murder began circulating on Social Media, the tragedy sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and a series of protests against police brutality in America and globally.

Liz Johnson Artur’s work captures and celebrates the everyday, subtly complex and varied nuances of each of the lives that she encounters. This enthralling book presents a new series of images called Time Don’t Run Here made by Artur during the Black Lives Matter protests throughout summer 2020 in London, UK.

Liz Johnson Artur is a Ghanaian-Russian photographer and photojournalist based in London. Born 1964 in Bulgaria and educated in Germany, she arrived in London in 1991. For the last 25 years, she has been working on a photographic representation of the lives of Black people from across the African Diaspora, more recently focusing on the richness and complexity of Black British life. Her work can be found in galleries and exhibitions around the world and also in fashion and music magazine editorials.

„the only way for me to understand…why I took all these pictures…I was hungry…but I didn’t know…that I was…it’s like when you start eating…you realize how hungry you are…and when it came down to pictures…I now realize…how hungry I was…“ 

Time Don’t Run Here is part of the “Tate Photography Series”, which will highlight four photographers each year threaded by a common theme. This year, that theme is “community and solidarity.”

The Tate Photography Series is a celebration of international photography in the Tate collection and an introduction to some of the greatest photographers at work today.

Our role at Tate is to share art in all its complexity and diversity. In recent years we have made progress in better representing artists of colour in our collection and our programmes, but that work must go much further. We know, too, that not everyone has equal access to art and its benefits. We are committed to changing this through our work, and to challenging ourselves to dismantle the structures within our own organisation which perpetuate that inequality.

With the direct involvement of living photographers in collaboration with photography curators, these books showcase the best and most notable images taken across the globe, from city streets to seashores, moving across landscapes and through subcultures, in a visual travelogue of our world. By showing varied and international approaches to a subject, the series seeks to create a deeper understanding of what photography can do while also enhancing our appreciation of the lives of others.

Each book contains a new conversation between curator and photographer and is prefaced with a short introduction.

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