As part of Black History month in the U.K., an exhibition highlighting black achievement titled Post-Colonial: An Exhibition of Stamps from the African Diaspora opens today at Stanley Gibbons in London.
"African diaspora" was the movement of Africans and their descendants to places throughout the world - predominantly to the Americas also to Europe, the Middle East and other places around the globe according to an entry on Wikipedia.
British design critic Stephen Bayley is quoted in a press release from Stanley Gibbons about the exhibition as saying, “[Stamps] involve a whole range of creativity, within clear disciplines, not least dictated by their size. So by collecting stamps, you are, at a fraction of the cost of collecting other forms of art, gaining access to a vast international archive of design.”
Bayley went to say in the release, "The design disciplines involved are fascinating: within a tiny space, a stamp must establish national identity, indicate its value, contain (if it is a special edition) usefully suggestive symbolism and needs high visual impact...without compromising the dignity of the issuing authority. Stamps are astonishing bargains as well as examples of miniature genius.”
For those unable to attend, the exhibition will also be available at www.stanleygibbons.com and www.facebook.com/AfricanDiasporaStamps .