Joy Gregory uses Maxine Walker’s exhibition at Autograph as a starting point to highlight and celebrate the black women who were a driving force in independent UK photography throughout the 1980s and 90s.
Artists including, Zarina Bhimji, Sutupa Biswas, Maria Luiza Carvalho, Mona Hatoum, Mumtaz Karimji, Roshini Kempadoo, Jenny McKenzie, Ingrid Pollard, Menika van der Poorten, Maud Sulter, Mitra Tabrizian, Maxine Walker, Val Wilmer are just a few of the many women who were active.
In this talk, Gregory will reflect on the cultural landscape of the time and the publications, organisations, exhibitions, events and other work produced. Much of the material relating to this history is unarchived and may be lost. Systemic archiving before the internet was an unaffordable luxury for many, and the domain of established museums and institutions – where often these artists were under-represented.
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Joy Gregory is an artist working in photography who is known for her work around identity politics and beauty culture. She has worked in art education for almost three decades and is an Associate Lecturer in Fine Art Photography at Camberwell School of Art.
Her work is featured in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, Government Art Collection, Yale University, New Haven amongst others. She lives and work in London.
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Images, from top: 1)Contact sheet from the series Untitled, 1995. © Maxine Walker, Courtesy of the artist and Autograph, London. 2) Maxine Walker, Untitled, 1997. Courtesy of the artist and Autograph, London. 3) Joy Gregory, Autoportrait, 1990. 4) Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photography by Zoe Maxwell. 5) Maxine Walker, from the series The Bride, 1989. Courtesy of the artist and Autograph, London. 6) Maxine Walker, Her. From the series Black Beauty, 1991. Courtesy of the artist and Autograph, London
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