Exploring Identity through Photography

9 - 10 December 2016

Rivington Place

London, UK

Free exhibition

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.

Join us at the exhibition opening on Thursday 8 December, 6:00 – 8:00pm

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.

Album has been an amazing, inspiring project to work on, the students came to us full of fantastic ideas and it's been a privilege watching them develop these over the year into finished pieces while having lots of fun along the way.” - Lewis Bush, Album tutor

"Album is an exceptional project that gives young people the chance to work with art practitioners, academics, and curators. Over the course of the project, the young people get help in developing photographic skills, creative ideas, darkroom skills, through to an understanding of curating. Socially the project helps young people to build their confidence and express themselves creatively. The project also gives young people an insight into the demands of what would be expected of them if they decide to go to university in the future.

This year the students have been very committed, which is reflected in the work they have produced. The project is concluded with the young people having an exhibition in a prestigious gallery in Shoreditch" Othello De'Souza Hartley, Album tutor

Featured photographers

Gentiana Alili
Larissa Amaral
Nico Ambrosio
Shopna Begum
Noor Breich
Casey Chantler
Morgan Clark
Tosan Maria Ebisan
Nair Furtado
Keith Gravino
Marielle-Mata-Mumvadi Mumvadi
Annie O'Sullivan
Jordanna Peter
Mateusz Pietrak
Julia Radzisz
Anna Safonova
Greta Stepanyan
Kaplan Urul
Ramune Valanciute
Ayanna Sade Wilson

Supported by

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
Faisal Abu’Allah
Lewis Bush
Jacqueline Chambers
Othello De’Souza-Hartley
Eileen Perrier
Jamain Shaquille Gordon
Adrian Wood
Rory Sheridan

Additional Info

The exhibition is free and unticketed. All are welcome.

Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA. View on Google Maps >

The entrance is on the side of the building. 

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Buses: 26, 43, 48, 55, 67, 149, 205, 242 and 271

Gallery opening times
Tues, Wed, Fri 11am – 6pm
Thurs 11am – 9pm,
Sat 12 – 6pm
The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays

Rivington Place is fully accessible.

Children are welcome to the gallery with an adult.

As seen in:

  • Nair Furtado, Colourful Black, 2016
  • Ayanna Sade Wilson, Claimed, 2016
  • Greta Stepanyan, Elephants at the Station, 2016
  • Morgan Clark, "For Most of History, Anonymous was a Woman", 2016
  • Marielle Mata, Strange Fruit, 2016