“The Young Fathers online video, featuring music, dance and their commentary was made as part of a contemporary response to themes about male representation explored in the exhibition Looking Good at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The views expressed by the band relate to issues around privilege and inequality and conventions of historic portraiture and its display. The film was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London, as part of a series of artist films accompanying a nationwide tour of the Gallery’s self-portrait of Van Dyck, and was filmed at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. It complements Young Fathers’ contribution to Looking Good, and has been shared via websites and social media. At the request of the band it was temporarily removed from YouTube and the galleries’ websites today, and has now been re-instated.”
Just finished reading your book and would like to congratulate you for writing such a beautiful and enlightening book on the most relevant aspect of today’s social life. I am from India and I could relate a lot with the topics covered in the text. The caste system in India is one of the most ancient and deep rooted systems of privilege and I feel it is one of the biggest problem faced by Indian society. I am from a science background and although I always felt that there is something very wrong in the way things work in our society, I could never really pin point where the problem was. Your book helped me look at our society from a more informed point of view and now I think I have started understanding how things have been working, for that I would like to thank you and hope to read more from you.