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Artivism and Transnational Solidarity

FREE online event

SUN 13 Dec

Artists and activists have always played a fundamental role in transformative social change. With the Covid-19 pandemic emphasising global inequalities and exposing the violent systems that uphold them, we turn to artivists to provide a language for these challenging times and illuminate ways forward.

Artists Anthem Republiq (Kenya), Elsie Cullen (Nigeria/UK), and Nandini Moitra (India) will be in conversation with one another, sharing their practice and exploring the ways we can collaborate and collectively create transnational solidarity among socially engaged artists, or artivists.

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Mark Sealy Speaking at The Decolonising Lens Part 3

Online event Thu 26 NOV

Autograph's Director, Mark Sealy, is speaking at the third instalment of London College of Communication's series The Decolonising Lens.

He will be in conversation with photographer, artist and researcher Ingrid Pollard discussing methodologies of making and research.


Watch: The Decolonising Lens Part 2

A discussion about how dialogue, personal relationships and a network of like-minded individuals are important to effecting change within academic and cultural institutions. Mark Sealy was in conversation with Chris Boot and Deborah Willis at this event organised by Photography and the Archive Research Centre at London College of Communication.

Missed the livesteam? Watch the full video on our blog.


Autograph Artist Commissions

Supporting artists is essential to us at Autograph. We’ve been commissioning the making of new work since 1989, inviting creative practitioners working in photography and film to explore ideas of representation, identity, rights and social justice.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Autograph is commissioning more than ever. We've launched a new area on our website to share commissions, starting with nine artists creating work for Autograph's project Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other.

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John Goto: Lovers Rock

If you enjoyed Steve McQueen's Lovers Rock – the new film in his anthology Small Axe – you'll appreciate our photography book John Goto: Lovers Rock.

It features portraits created in 1977 before Lovers Rock parties at the Lewisham Youth Centre in south London, where photographer John Goto taught evening classes. The images remained unseen in Goto’s archive for more than 35 years until one of his former students, photographer Dave Lewis, brought them to the attention of Autograph.

In his brilliant essay in the book, Professor Paul Gilroy argues: "Racism always denies individuality to those it subordinates…Here in these images, the photographer…has allowed, even encouraged, his sitters to cultivate the dimensions of individual subjectivity that racism simply cannot accommodate.”

£25 (with free UK shipping) in Autograph's online shop. All sales support our arts and learning programmes.


more from autograph

Burlington Contemporary reviews African Cosmologies: Photography, Time and the Other
 Shop: Autograph's latest photography book Sunil Gupta: From Here to Eternity
A Call to Care - watch a series of conversations about care and community during Covid-19
The Poulomi Basu: Centralia exhibition has jointly won the Rencontres d'Arles Louis Roederer Discovery Award Jury Prize


Images, from top: 1) Image by Jônatas Moreira 2) Ingrid Pollard, The Valentine Days. Commissioned by Autograph. 4) John Goto: Lovers Rock, published by Autograph. 

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