Exploring Identity through Photography
Thurs 8 December, 6 - 8pm
This year’s Album student showcase features new works by young photographers that explore cultural diversity, gender, race, sexuality, perceptions of men and women in society and the media, and familial bonds.
The themes that emerge in the exhibition illustrate how deeply young people are affected by the changing political landscape around them, and explore the impact of migration on personal and family experiences.
A partnership between Autograph ABP and University of the Arts London, Album is a creative photography project inspired by notions of the family album with its intimate and revealing portraits. Devised as an extra-curricular course, Album offers young people from sixth form and further education colleges the opportunity to explore their own creativity and understanding of photography.
Over the past year students have worked with tutors, artists and mentors from Autograph ABP and UAL to articulate what ‘identity’ means to them.
Based at London College of Communication, the students collaborated on assignments which introduced them to a range of photographic genres and techniques. Researching and taking inspiration from photography produced by culturally diverse artists and Autograph ABP’s collection, students were able to reference different artists and processes in the discussion, debate and appreciation of photography.
Tasked with considering themselves as both subject and photographer, the young artists could reflect on the power of image-making and examine representations of identity in their own work.
The Album exhibition celebrates the students’ ambitious ideas as they create their own photographic narratives and find their place in contemporary practice.
Part of the exhibition
Tosan Maria Ebisan
Ayanna Sade Wilson
University of the Arts London
University of the Arts London (UAL) is made up of six renowned Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. Our Colleges offer a wide range of courses in art, design, fashion, media, communication and performing arts at degree preparation, undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Special thanks to
Jamain Shaquille Gordon
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