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Fall/Uprising is a series of paintings about the history of Black British resistance. They were created in 2005 to mark 20 years since London’s urban disturbances of 1985 which centred on the police shooting of Cherry Groce, and the deaths of Cynthia Jarrett and Keith Blakelock.

The paintings were first shown in the solo exhibition Fall/Uprising at the Bettie Morton Gallery in Brixton, South London. Works from the series have since been exhibited internationally, including at Rivington Place and the ICA in London, the New Art Exchange in Nottingham, the Diaspora Pavilion in Venice and the 15th Sharjah Biennial.

Artworks from the series are held in public and private collections internationally, including the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Sharjah Art Foundation.

Portrait of the Artist Helping with Enquiries: 1984 (2005, oil on linen, 152 x 152cm, private collection)
Davids Son (2005, oil on linen, 152 x 152cm)
Under Fire: The Shooting of Cherry Groce (2005, oil on linen, 121 x 182cm, Collection of Sharjah Art Foundation)
Madonna Metropolitan: The Death of Cynthia Jarrett (2005, oil on linen, 152 X 152 cm — Collection of the Wolverhampton Art Gallery)
Coldharbour Lane: 1985 (2005, oil on canvas, 152 x 152cm, private collection)
Still Life: The Tottenham Three (2005, oil paints on canvas, 121 x 91cm, collection of Wolverhampton Art Gallery)
On Duty: The Death of Keith Blakelock (2005, oil on linen, 122 x 122 cm, collection of the Shahjah Art Foundation)
Installation view of the Diaspora Pavillion at the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017. Photo, K. Donkor
installation view of Untitled: Art on the Conditions of Our Time. Photo courtesy of New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 2017.
Installation view of War Inna Babylon at the ICA, London, 2021. Photo by K. Donkor
Installation photograph of the 15th Sharjah Biennial. Image courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation. Photo by Shanavas Jamaluddin.

For more about these artworks:

Eddie Chambers
Visual Culture in Britain, ‘Reading the Riot Act’

Rianna Jade Parker
A Brief History of Black British Art

Dibosa, D., Donkor, K., Jackson, T., Tulloch, C
Kimathi Donkor: Queens of the Undead