Using our current exhibition Armet Francis: Beyond the Black Triangle as a starting point, this free 90-minute workshop will invite students to learn how personal photographic collections can play an important role in preserving and narrating British history. After visiting the exhibition, the group will look through a selection of photographs of family life, friendships, neighbourhoods, work and leisure. We will discuss why the photographs were taken and what they tell us about the people in them.
This workshop will ask:
What role does personal photography play in documenting society?
Why have some histories been preserved more than others?
What can personal photography tell us about the identity of people in the photographs?
How do we share, collect and archive our personal pictures in the digital age?
This will be followed by a practical activity, inviting students to think about their own archive and history. They will recreate a photograph that they believe will be important to share with people in the future, by using an instant camera. Students will then learn how to preserve the image using archive techniques. This workshop will be led by artist and archivist Cassia Clarke who recently rescued her family photographs which had been stored in an airing cupboard and in her nephew's bedroom.
Cassia Clarke is a Luton-born British-Caribbean artist specializing in archival and curatorial work. Cassia uses an autoethnographic and co-curatorial approach to encourage greater knowledge democracy and collective intervention for better accessibility to institutionally held knowledge.
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