Steve McQueen's End Credits at Holland Festival
Holland Festival presents a double-screen version of End Credits by Steve McQueen, in which the artist pays homage to the African American singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson (1898–1976). An anti-imperialist committed to fighting inequality, Robeson was watched in the 1950s and blacklisted by the FBI—the organization that kept an extensive archive on the political activist and international icon. During the McCarthy era, the FBI compiled thousands of pages on Robeson, now a public archive which McQueen used to create this video.
This work shows the significantly censored pages read by male and female voices. McQueen creates a compelling visual composition that brings forth the perverse nature of politically driven discrimination and persecution.
McQueen will also be present on Sunday, June 10 at 3:30 pm to speak about Paul Robeson. In this conversation with David Dibosa, curator and researcher at the Chelsea College of Arts in London, McQueen delves deeper into the work and legacy of the legendary figure.