autograph, london

A Lens in Exile
A BSL response

Thu 11 Jul || 6:30 - 8pm

Past Event

Artist Chisato Minamimura will provide a British Sign Language introduction and response to the upcoming exhibition A Lens in Exile by Ernest Cole


Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK


This event will be in British Sign Language only

past event

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Join artist Chisato Minamimura for a response to Autograph’s upcoming exhibition Ernest Cole: A Lens in Exile. Minamimura will introduce key themes in the exhibition and use Cole’s body of work to expand on ideas of migration, black history, power and visibility from a Deaf perspective.

The event will take place in Autograph’s gallery, alongside Cole’s photographic works of his years in Harlem and Manhattan, New York City during the height of the civil rights movement in America.

This event will be in British Sign Language only.
The exhibition talk will last around 45 minutes, starting promptly at 6:30pm and will be followed by an informal opportunity to socialise over drinks.

about the speaker

Chisato Minamimura

Chisato Minamimura is a Deaf performance artist, choreographer and BSL art guide. Born in Japan, now based in London, Chisato has created, performed and taught internationally and is currently a Work Place artist at The Place.

Chisato has been involved in aerial performances with Graeae Theatre Company, London’s Paralympic Opening Ceremony 2012 and Rio’s 2016 Paralympic Cultural Olympiad. Chisato trained at Trinity Laban in London and holds a BA in Japanese Painting and MA from Yokohama National University.

Chisato approaches choreography and performance making from her unique perspective as a Deaf artist, experimenting with and exploring the visualisation of sound and music. By using dance and digital technology, Chisato aims to share her experiences of sensory perception and human encounters. Find out more on the artist’s website.

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part of the exhibition

Ernest Cole: A Lens in Exile

The first exhibition of Ernest Cole's photographs documenting New York City during the height of the civil rights movement in America – capturing the vibrant expression of blackness and community during this time.

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This event will be in British Sign Language only


limited tickets

This is an intimate event with a limited amount of tickets. We highly recommend booking a ticket in advance.

Standing event

This event is a standing walking tour, chairs are available on request.


Step free

Our building and entrance is step free. A wheelchair accessible lift goes to all floors.


This event will take place in Gallery 1.

Ticketing policy

Autograph's events are popular, and often sell out. We recommend booking a ticket in advance. This event is free, and seating is on a first-come first-seated basis. You do not need to bring your paper ticket to the event.

Banner image: Ernest Cole, Midtown Manhattan, New York, 1971. © Ernest Cole / Magnum Photos

Images on page: 1) Courtesy of Chisato Minamimura. 2) Ernest Cole, Harlem, New York, c. 1970 [detail]. © Ernest Cole / Magnum Photos 3) Autograph, photograph by Zoë Maxwell.