Autograph, London

Living in Limbo / Resisting Invisibility: Artist-Led Exhibition Tour

Fri 22 Sep 6 - 7pm

Past event

How photography can be a tool to refuse erasure


Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK

past event

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What does it mean to seek refuge? What does it mean to live in limbo? What burden does the body carry as a result? Many of Hélène Amouzou's hand-printed photographs were created while seeking asylum in Belgium, part of her two-decade long journey seeking safety and citizenship. The artist will lead a tour of her new exhibition at this intimate event and discuss her distinctive imagery, contemplating the complex emotions of displacement and exile, and how photography can be a tool to refuse erasure.

To ensure the best experience, this event has a very limited number of tickets available. Tickets are £5, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If this ticket price is unaffordable for you please get in touch at about free ticketing options.

part of the exhibition

Hélène Amouzou: Voyages

22 Sep 2023 - 20 Jan 2024
Contemplating the complex emotions of displacement and exile

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about the artist


Hélène Amouzou

Hélène Amouzou (b.1969, Togo) has become widely known for her distinctive autoportraits that explore contemporary issues of people in exile and those that have been invisibilised. Drawing on experiences of migration, borders and displacement, her highly technical analogue processes are integral to her research and artistic experiments.

In 2014 she completed her studies in photography at the Sint-Jans-Molenbeek Academy of Drawing and Visual arts in Brussels. Amouzou’s works have been shown internationally including solo exhibitions at CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto (2023), Centre Cultural Jacques Franck, Brussels (2022); The Women’s Darkroom Gallery New York (2022); FoMU, Antwerp (2021), Maison des Cultures de Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Brussels (2009) amongst others; and within group exhibitions including at Photo Ireland (2023); FotoFest Biennale, Houston (2020/2022); S.M.A.K, Gent (2022); Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles (2021); Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn (2018); Musée du Quai Branly, Paris (2011); Hayward Gallery, London (2011) amongst others. Her works are part of collections including the Brooklyn Museum (USA), March Gallery (USA), S.M.A.K (Belgium), SMART (Belgium) and the Tropenmuseum (Netherlands). She lives and works in Belgium.

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limited tickets

This is an intimate event with a limited amount of tickets. We highly recommend booking 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 2.

also on at Autograph

Armet Francis: Beyond the Black Triangle

Arrive before the event starts for an opportunity to also visit Armet Francis' exhibition chronicling the lives of people of the African diaspora for over 40 years

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ticketing policy

The ticket price for this event is £5. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If this ticket price is unaffordable for you please get in touch at about free ticketing options.

Autograph's events are popular, and often sell out. We recommend booking a ticket in advance. If you need to cancel your ticket for any reason, you can receive a refund up to 24 hours before the start of the event. You do not need to bring your paper ticket to the event.

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Banner image: Hélène Amouzou, from the series Autoportrait, Molenbeek [detail], 2007-2011. © and courtesy the artist.

Part of the exhibition: Hélène Amouzou, from the series Autoportrait, Molenbeek [detail], 2007-2011. © and courtesy the artist.

Other images on page: 1) Hélène Amouzou. © Chrystel Mukeba. 2) Armet Francis, Fashion Shoot, Brixton Market [detail], London, 1973. © and courtesy the artist.