RPS Awards Talk Series: Silvia Rosi

Tue 15 Mar 2022, 6 – 7pm (GMT)

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Silvia Rosi is an artist who lives and works between London and Modena, engaging with photography, text and moving image to explore ideas of memory, migration and diaspora. Inspired by West African studio photography, Rosi’s artistic practice explores personal history through self-portraiture, drawing on her Togolese heritage, notions of origins, and family traditions, especially matrilineality, and the politics of women’s labour

Rosi joined us for an online in-conversation with Autograph's Senior Curator / Head of Curatorial & Collection, Renée Mussai.

The Royal Photographic Society Awards Talks Series - in partnership with Autograph - welcomes leading individuals to talk about how they use photography as artists, scientists, educators, publishers and curators. All the speakers are recent RPS Award recipients who have been recognised for their contribution to photography.

The event was  followed by a public Q + A.


Silvia Rosi

Silvia Rosi's work has been published by Foam and the British Journal of Photography, among others, and selected for international residencies such as YGBI Research Residency (Florence, 2021) and Thread Cultural Center and Residency (Sinthian, 2020). She was awarded the 2020 Jerwood/Photoworks Award, and in 2021 exhibited as part of the British Journal of Photography's digital billboard campaign Portrait of Britain and CIRCA’s Past / Present / Future at Piccadilly Circus organised in partnership with the Serpentine Gallery, London.

Her work was shown at Getxo International Image Festival, Basque Country; Landskrona Foto; Athens Photo Festival; and the National Portrait Gallery, London, as part of the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize. Most recently, Rosi exhibited in Autograph’s group exhibition Care | Contagion | Community – Self & Other (2021-22). She is the recipient of the RPS Vic Odden Award in 2021.

Renée Mussai

Renée Mussai is a London-based curator and scholar with a special interest in African and diasporic lens-based visual arts practices. She is Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collection at Autograph, where she has worked for almost two decades, advocating for a diverse constituency of contemporary artists and co-commissioning a range of artistic programmes.

She lectures regularly on photography, visual culture, and curatorial activism and her art writing has been published in several monographs and anthologies including by TATE, Aperture, and NkA. Mussai is also Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg; Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London, and regular guest curator and former Fellow at the Hutchins Centre for African & African American Research at Harvard University.

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Banner image from Silvia Rosi's commission, Neither Could Exist Alone, 2020. © and courtesy the artist, commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other.

Page images from top: 1) Silvia Rosi, Self Portrait as my Mother in School Uniform. From the series Encounter, 2019-20. Commissioned by Jerwood / Photoworks Award © and courtesy the artist. 2) Renée Mussai, with Zaki by Zanele Muholi, 2021. Courtesy Renée Mussai.

Discover more image: Sian Bonnell, Beach Clean, 1999, from the series When The Domestic Meets The Wild. © and courtesy the artist.