The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) reopens its doors after lockdown with the exhibition War Inna Babylon : The Community’s Struggle for Truths and Rights in July 2021.

The London contemporary arts centre will hold this landmark exhibition to examine the history of Black communities and their resistance to institutional racism.

War Inna Babylon: The Community’s Struggle for Truths and Rights

Held at the ICA from 6 July to 26 September, the exhibition will cast a new light on grassroots activism and various forms of racism ten years on from the killing of Mark Duggan by the police.

Curated by Tottenham Rights and Rianna Jade Parker, it will also include a fresh investigation into Duggan’s killing, carried out by Forensic Architecture.

The exhibition was originally slated to open in May 2020.

Stefan Kalmár, Director of the ICA, said, “War Inna Babylon is a long overdue celebration of Black communities and their historic struggles against racism.

“Racism and anti-Blackness in Britain are real and no institution is free from it. Tottenham Rights’ War Inna Babylon connects this legacy to the present moment and shows how contemporary institutions and policies, such as policing, continue to be structured by this legacy.”

This exhibition is part of the ICA programme dedicated to racial and social justice.

ICA Cinema

The ICA Cinema will also reopen on 6 July with a full programme including a retrospective of Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai, a special run of Foedora and Martin Eden, as well as films on general release.


Later in the summer, the ICA will stage the premiere of Dykegeist, which is a new work by artist Eve Stainton, who will also have a live residency at the ICA.

ICA Programme

For more information on the ICA programme or to purchase tickets, visit Main iamge: War Inna Babylon at the ICA, photo credit Robert Croma.