Artist talk
with Ingrid Pollard

Wed 19 April, 6:30 - 8pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

Event, £2

Join us for a gallery talk with artist Ingrid Pollard.

Pollard will give a gallery tour and talk about her newly commissioned work in the Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s exhibition, followed by a broader overview of her artistic practice. 

The evening will end with a Q&A with the audience.

Steeped in an ambiguous heritage of Wordsworth and the Romantic Poets, Ingrid Pollard's photographs explore the beauty of the English landscape and coastline, alongside the memories hidden within Britain's history and its relationship to Africa and the Caribbean.

Her interest in the layers of history is echoed in the accomplished use of 19th century photographic techniques. Pollard defines her own work as ‘a social practice concerned with representation, history and landscape with reference to race, difference and the materiality of lens-based media’, often questioning social constructs such as Britishness, or the notion of home and belonging.

About Ingrid Pollard

Ingrid Pollard was born in Georgetown, Guyana. In the 1980s she was part of a constituency of British artists who championed black creative practice, showcasing her work in group exhibitions such as The Thin Black Line at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1985), D-Max (1987) and Self-Evident (1995), both at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

Many of her projects are published in the Autograph ABP monograph Ingrid Pollard: Postcards Home (2004). In 2007, Pollard was awarded the Leverhulme Fellowship Award. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and received her doctorate-by-publication from the University of Westminster in 2016. Her work is represented in the collections of Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, and Arts Council England.

About the commission

Ingrid Pollard: The Valentine Days (2017)

To respond to the archive, we invited contemporary artist Ingrid Pollard to apply her signature hand-tinting technique to five large-scale prints made from scans of the original postcards by Valentine & Sons.

This new commission, The Valentine Days, marks the 30th anniversary of Pollard’s seminal Pastoral Interludes, a series of five hand-tinted photographs that depict lone black figures in the rural English countryside, juxtaposing landscape, portraiture and text.

"Looking at the images for many hours as I tinted them by hand, I felt caught in the aura of the photographs and identified with the people in them.

The process of tinting brings a type of life to the images. I especially enjoyed inspecting the image for what I call the “escapees”, the mysterious faces looking out of the window, those positioned just on the edge of the frame slightly out of focus, the tiny figures in the distance looking back at the photographer, taking part in the moment in their own way.

It reminded me of what scholar Laura Marks wrote about loving disappearing images, how one must “trust that the image is real in the first place to establish a link between the long ago object and the present day spectator”.

The intricate, meditative work involved in the technique of tinting forms a historic link to my own earlier tinted works, bringing me closer to them."
- Ingrid Pollard

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Autograph ABP
Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA.

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