Eddie Chambers is a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches art history of the African Diaspora. Born in Wolverhampton to Jamaican immigrant parents, and having first been an artist, he spent the early 1980s working with a new generation of Black British artists, whose highly charged practice reflected a range of pertinent social realities and cultural aspirations. He went on to curate many exhibitions, including Black Art: Plotting the Course, History and Identity, and Frank Bowling: Bowling on Through the Century.
Recent texts of his include Book chapter. “We Might Not Be Surprised: Visualising Slavery and the Slave Ship in the Works of Charles Campbell and Mary Evans” for Visualising Slavery: Art Across the African Diaspora (Liverpool Studies in International Slavery), Liverpool University Press, 2016, and “Through the Wire: Press Photographs of Black-British People and the Riot”, Nka Contemporary African Art journal, spring 2015 issue, no. 36, June 2015: 6-15. He is the author of Things Done Change: The Cultural Politics of Recent Black Artists in Britain (Rodopi Editions, 2012), Black Artists in British Art: A History Since the 1950s (I.B.Tauris, 2014, reprinted 2015). His forthcoming publication is Roots & Culture: Cultural Politics in the Making of Black Britain (I.B. Tauris, 2016).