Artist Talk

Tue 5 June 7 - 8:30PM

£5 / £4

About the Event

Join us for a gallery talk with the two artists behind our current exhibitions: Marcia Michael and Franklyn Rodgers.

Both artists will speak about the themes of their work, followed by a broader overview of their artistic practice.

Arrive when the doors open at 6:30pm for an exhibition preview before the talks start.

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

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About Marcia Michael: I Am Now You - Mother
Michael uses photography and oral history to retrieve lost and reimagined narratives of her matrilineal ancestry, creating an intimate dialogue between mother and daughter in order visualise history from her mother’s memory. In the artist’s own words: ‘my desire is to recover a visual and aural narrative of my matrilineal history and reunite the present with the past. The body is testament to the refusal to forget. The body, my mother’s body, is all of my histories’.

About Franklyn Rodgers: Devotion – a Portrait of Loretta
The large-scale portraits in Devotion recognise the significance of close-knit relationships: mother and son, and between friends. Rodgers’ photographs draw inspiration from work of French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, who claimed that our individual obligations and morality are found in the recognition of the suffering and mortality of others. Identity becomes both a departure and return to the self. This exhibition is an act of devotion to his mother and the intimate familial moments of love, care, tenderness and affection in these relationships.

Also featured is Rodgers’ portrait of Baroness Doreen Lawrence. This is the first work in a major new commission by Autograph, commemorating women from diverse cultural backgrounds whose lives are devoted to seeking political and social justice.

About the ARTISTS

Marcia Michael:
Marcia Michael (b. 1973) is a London-based artist. She dedicates her artistic practice to the wide and ever-changing parameters of the black family album, depicting black British life in a highly personal approach. I Am Now You – Mother continues her exploration of matrilineal lineage, a process she began with The Study of Kin in 2009.

Her work has been shown internationally, twice been selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and recently featured in the journal MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. She is currently studying for a practice-based PhD in photography at University of Arts London (UAL). Michael was the 2015 Artist in Residence at the Autograph ABP / Light Work residency in Syracuse, NY.

Franklyn Rodgers: Since the mid 1990s, Rodgers has established himself as an artist best known for his unique and distinctive photographic portraits - often working with large format and on traditional film.

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Rodgers has exhibited internationally, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (2011); Southbank Centre in London (2011); National Portrait Gallery in London (2008); Royal Academy in London (2006); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and during Les Rencontres d’Arles in France. His work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Autograph.

His first monograph The Philosophy of Strangers was published in October 2007 by Autograph.

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