Turner prizewinning artist’s work returns to London for Black History Month
The black, green and red version of the British flag that flew above Tate Britain on the bank of the Thames seven years ago is to return. The artist Chris Ofili’s dramatic reimagining of the flag in the pan-African colours will be flown on the gallery’s roof in October to mark Black History Month.
Ofili, the Turner prize’s youngest winner, has given his Union Black to Tate Britain to celebrate the black contribution to London and in recognition of the gallery’s support of his early career. The design echoes black nationalist Marcus Garvey’s flag, in which the red stood for the blood of martyrs, the black for the colour of their skin and the green for the land of Africa.