Exhibitions

Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness

14 July - 28 October 2017 @ Autograph ABP

In her first solo exhibition in London, South African visual activist Zanele Muholi (b 1972) presents her ongoing self-portrait series Somnyama Ngonyama.

In more than 60 photographs Muholi uses her body as a canvas to confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive.

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Exhibitions

The Missing Chapter

BLACK CHRONICLES

10 - 22 October 2017 @ Lewisham Library

Autograph ABP’s Exhibition in a Box is on display in Lewisham, giving local residents the chance to see rare photographic portraits of African, Caribbean and South Asian lives in Victorian Britain.

In partnership with Lewisham Library and Information Service, we are bringing these portraits, previously unseen for over 125 years, out of the archive for the community to explore.

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Events

Mothering Blackness II:

Self-portraiture – Defiance and Vulnerability

Tuesday 24 October, 6.30 - 8.30PM @ Autograph ABP

To mark the closing of Zanele Muholi’s Somnyama Ngonyama exhibition at Autograph ABP, this panel will bring together scholars, artists, curators and activists to explore politics of self-portraiture in relation to themes of vulnerability and defiance.

Invited speakers will discuss their personal readings of select portraits in Muholi’s Somnyama Ngonyama series and link them to wider socio-political and (art)historical trajectories.

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Exhibitions

Gordon Parks

A Choice of Weapons

21 October - 17 December 2017 @ Side Gallery

As its contribution to Tyneside's Freedom City 2017 Side Gallery presents a focused exploration of key works by the great African American photographer Gordon Parks. The works selected for this exhibition highlight the struggle African Americans endured whilst fighting for equality in America, a struggle that concerned Parks throughout his long and astonishing photographic career. 

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Exhibitions

The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined

9 August - 13 November 2017 @ Iziko South African National Gallery

This contemporary multimedia installation is based on The African Choir’s first tour to Victorian England in 1891.

Seen for the first time in South Africa, it presents five songs recreated by the composers from an original nineteenth-century concert programme, along with twenty photographic portraits of the choir members rediscovered in London at the Hulton Archive after 125 years.

Featuring songs composed and arranged by Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi. Curated by Renée Mussai.

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Events

Neurodiversity and Art

Thursday 9 November, 11am – 3pm @ Autograph ABP

Neurodiverse groups benefit from creative collaboration with artists, curators and galleries, but how does collaborative action help us to mutual understanding? Why is an awareness and understanding of neurodiversity important for curators and exhibition programmers? And how can curatorial programming become more inclusive to accommodate this?

Join us for a seminar of talks and conversations exploring making art with, by and for people who have complex needs.

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