Exhibition Opening Reception
Aida Silvestri: Unsterile Clinic
Thurs 7 July, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Exhibition opening reception for Aida Silvestri's powerful series Unsterile Clinic. Free, and all are welcome to attend. RSVP appreciated.
Autograph ABP is proud to present “Unsterile Clinic”, a project by Aida Silvestri to raise awareness of the wide-spread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Unsterile Clinic marks the 2nd anniversary of the Girl Summit, organised in 2014 by the UK government in collaboration with DIFID and UNESCO to mobilise domestic and international forces to end FGM globally within one generation.
As a severe form of violence and discrimination against girls and women, FGM has been a criminal offence in the United Kingdom since 1985. In 2015, inspired by personal experience, Aida Silvestri began an in-depth investigation interviewing and photographing women living in London.
Silvestri’s powerful sculptural photo-works include a new Autograph ABP commission, and are presented together with text poems based on interviews conducted with participants, whose personal testimonies provide harrowing insight into their experiences.
RSVP appreciated, but not essential.
Part of the exhibition
Curated by Renée Mussai
Renée Mussai is Curator and Head of Archive & Exhibitions at Autograph ABP, London – where she manages a diverse collection of photographs and global programme of exhibition, publishing and research initiatives.
A curator and scholar with a special interest in African and diasporic practices, as well as Black British photographic history, she has organised numerous exhibitions in Europe, Africa and the US, including the critically acclaimed exhibition Black Chronicles II (2014, and touring). Her most recent publications include the monograph James Barnor: Ever Young (2015); forthcoming Autograph ABP books include Black Chronicles and The Photography Reader on Race, Rights & Representation (2016 and 2017 respectively), co-edited with Mark Sealy. Mussai lectures internationally on curatorial practice, photography, and cultural politics, and has been a regular guest curator and non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University since 2009, where she also serves on the Exhibitions and Acquisitions Committee of the newly established Cooper Gallery. Twice recipient of the Sofie- and Emanuel Fohn Fellowship, Mussai is presently a PhD candidate in Art History at University College London.
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