Exhibitions on now

Zanele Muholi:
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness

14 July - 28 October 2017

Autograph ABP / London / UK

In her first solo exhibition in London, South African visual activist Zanele Muholi (b 1972) presents her ongoing self-portrait series Somnyama Ngonyama.

In more than 60 photographs Muholi uses her body as a canvas to confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive.

Stunning

 - The Guardian

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The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined

9 August - 13 November 2017

Iziko South African National Gallery / Cape Town / South Africa

This contemporary multimedia installation is based on The African Choir’s first tour to Victorian England in 1891.

Seen for the first time in South Africa, it presents five songs recreated by the composers from an original nineteenth-century concert programme, along with twenty photographic portraits of the choir members rediscovered in London at the Hulton Archive after 125 years.

Featuring songs composed and arranged by Philip Miller and Thuthuka Sibisi. Curated by Renée Mussai.

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The Missing Chapter
BLACK CHRONICLES

10 - 22 October 2017

Lewisham Library / London / UK

Autograph ABP’s Exhibition in a Box is on display in Lewisham, giving local residents the chance to see rare photographic portraits of African, Caribbean and South Asian lives in Victorian Britain.

In partnership with Lewisham Library and Information Service, we are bringing these portraits, previously unseen for over 125 years, out of the archive for the community to explore.

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Syd Shelton
Rock Against Racism

17 OCTOBER - 30 NOVEMBER 2017

Yhteisötalo Messi / Kotka / Finland

Rock Against Racism, a major exhibition of photographs by Syd Shelton, is touring to Messi in Kotka, Finland.

Syd Shelton’s photographs capture one of the most intriguing and contradictory political periods in British post war period: The Rock Against Racism (RAR) movement. Between 1976 and 1981, RAR confronted racist ideology in the streets, parks and town halls of Britain and was formed by a collective of musicians and political activists to fight fascism and racism through music.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Syd Shelton
Rock Against Racism

21 OCTOBER - 17 DECEMBER 2017

SIDE GALLERY / NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE / UK

Side Gallery in partnership with Autograph ABP and in conjunction with Freedom City Festival is bringing an exhibition of Syd Shelton’s photographs capturing one of the most intriguing and contradictory political periods in British post-war history to the North East.

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Gordon Parks
A Choice of Weapons

21 October - 17 December 2017

Side Gallery / Newcastle upon Tyne / UK

As its contribution to Tyneside's Freedom City 2017 Side Gallery presents a focused exploration of key works by the great African American photographer Gordon Parks. The works selected for this exhibition highlight the struggle African Americans endured whilst fighting for equality in America, a struggle that concerned Parks throughout his long and astonishing photographic career. 

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Gideon Mendel
Drowning World

1 November - 7 December

J1 / Marseille / France

Drowning World, an exhibition of photographs by Gideon Mendel exploring the human dimension of climate change by focusing on floods across geographical and cultural boundaries, is touring to J1 in Marseille.

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Album:
Where We Belong

15 - 21 November

Autograph ABP / London / UK

Join us for this year’s Album student showcase featuring new work by 16 to 18 year-old London-based photographers that explores notions of family, home, belonging, community, memory, and social and cultural identity.

Exhibition opening on Thursday 14 November, 6:00 - 8:00pm

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Shahidul Alam
KALPANA’S WARRIORS

1 December 2017 - 11 January 2018

Bamburg House / Newcastle upon Tyne / UK

NEPN and Breeze Creatives present Kalpana’s Warriors, an exhibition by the acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer, artist and activist Shahidul Alam, during this Autumn’s Freedom City 2017 celebration.

Kalpana Chakma was a vocal and charismatic leader who campaigned for the rights of indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts area of Bangladesh.

She was abducted from her home at gunpoint 20 years ago by a military officer and two members of the Village Defence Party and has never been seen again.Through this powerful installation, using photographs printed on large straw mats each one illuminated by a candle, Alam attempts to break the silence surrounding her disappearance.

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