Featuring work by two generations of artists working in London, this exhibition will look at representations of the trans-Atlantic African diaspora as it has been framed and shaped by two important visionaries.
Liz Johnson Artur (born 1964) is a Ghanaian-Russian photographer based in London. Her work documents the lives of black people from across the African Diaspora. Her work strives to display and celebrate the normal, the vibrant and the subtle nuances of each of these people lives that she encounters. Johnson Artur works as a photojournalist and editorial photographer for various fashion magazines and record labels all over the world, as well as her independent artistic practice.
Grace Wales Bonner (born 1992) is Is a British menswear designer who studied at London’s Central Saint Martins college, graduating in 2014. She grew up in Southeast London, raised by her English mother and Jamaican father. In 2016 she was awarded the third annual LVMH Prize, a distinguished award for design. Through her work in fashion, design, collage, and book art, Wales Bonner addresses the politics of identity, sexuality, and race through projects that delicately balance multinationalism with a sense of personal subjectivity.