As we face the emotional, physical, economic, and psychosocial consequences in the wake of the pandemic, the notion of community and care is now more pertinent than ever. Initiated during the first month of the UK’s first national lockdown in 2020, Autograph commissioned ten UK-based artists to create new work in response to the wider context of the Covid-19 crisis. The artist commissions reflect Autograph’s long-standing work advocating for photography and film to address visual politics of rights, race and representation.
These new visual art works commissioned for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other will be showcased in a group exhibition presented in two themed chapters at our gallery in Shoreditch, London between late summer 2021 and spring 2022.
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Initiated during the first months of the UK’s first national lockdown in 2020, Autograph has commissioned a constituency of ten UK-based creative practitioners in our immediate artistic community working with lens-based media to create an open-ended visual arts project in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, alongside ten new writing commissions.
Throughout the past year, Autograph’s curatorial team – including director Mark Sealy, senior curator Renée Mussai and curatorial project manager Bindi Vora – have been in close dialogue with the artists to produce these new bodies of work. The commissions reflect Autograph’s long-standing work advocating for photography and film to address visual politics of rights, race and representation.
Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other will be presented as a two-part group exhibition at Autograph's gallery in Shoreditch, London, from late summer 2021 through to spring 2022. The artist commissions were first launched online in March 2021, to mark one year since the first national lockdown, and will be published in a dedicated catalogue later this year to accompany the exhibition series.
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