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Black Cultural Archives: Race Cards exhibition - asks 1000 questions about race

Race Cards is described as a constantly growing installation and archive, a room containing 1000 questions about race. The questions were written by Birmingham-based artist and performer, Selina Thompson. Ms Thompson completed the work in three sittings across 24 hours. The BCA says people are invited to view the questions: on the condition that you answer one of them.

Race Cards by Selina Thompson: Credit BCA

Commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre and Leeds Library through Room 700. With support from Buzzcut, Forest Fringe, and Fierce FWD. The work has toured across the world since 2015. And asks intriguing and thought provoking questions about race. Some examples of these are set out below:

65. Are you black, or are you ‘new black’?

170. What is the long term psychological impact of white supremacy on people of colour?

220. My mum does not talk about race any more. It makes her uncomfortable, tired. Will this happen to me?

307. Why do people assume that racism will just passively die out if we wait long enough?

440. Are you angry?

541. Whatever happened to Kony 2012?

660. Who is more problematic – famous racist Nigel Farage, or the liberal journalist politely asking him questions?

720. When does it all end?

Race Cards has toured to Canada, Ireland, Germany, USA, and across the UK. You can now see it at the BCA heritage centre.


Visit the exhibition: Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton SW2 1EF

Dates: 18 November 2021 – 18 December 2021

Times: Open Thursdays - Saturdays, 11:30am-5:00pm


Join the conversation: #RaceCards

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