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Autograph ABP

Curator at Autograph ABP. Projects included commissions, exhibitions & publications.

Gayle Chong Kwan : Cockaigne. A series of twelve 30 x 40" photographs, commissioned in 2004.

Cockaigne is a fictional glutton's paradise, inspired by 14th Century tales of a land made entirely of food, where all wants and desires are met. The series explores utopian ideas of paradise and the representation of the exotic in the global tourism industry, as well as the history of Fine Art. The series has toured the UK extensively, as well as appearing in the Havana Biennial, forming a billboard project at Southwark Underground station, and being purchased for the Government Art Collection.

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Babel (Cockaigne), 2004

Shemelis Desta : From Emperor to Military Dictator : Shemelis Desta's Ethiopian Archive 1963-1982 . Solo exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery, London, 2007.

Shemelis Desta was an official court photographer for Emperor Haile Selassi of Ethiopia. From the early 1960's until he was deposed, Desta recorded the founding of the OAU, visits to the court by international heads of state, and also accompanied the Emperor on trips abroad. After he was overthrown by a Marxist coup, Desta was retained by The Derg to continue to record the diplomatic activity of the Cold War, and the horror of the Red Terror. He eventually managed to escape to the UK, bringing his hidden archive of negatives with him.

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Mengistu and Castro watch the Revolutionary Army Parade, Addis Ababa, 1978

Pieter Hugo : Portraits. First solo exhibitions in the UK, 2008.

Consisting of work not shown before in the UK, at Open Eye Gallery Liverpool, and Ffotogallery, Cardiff. South African artist Pieter Hugo's concern is with the peripheral in society, and with negotiating contexts where the cultural nuances of our time are amplified. The exhibition included work from the series Looking Aside, Judges, Botswana and The Hyena and Other Men.

www.pieterhugo.com

Steven Mohapi, Johannesburg, 2003

Dinu Li : Press The * Then Say Hello. A series of 14 photographs of various sizes commissioned in 2006 to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Sam Selvon's The Lonley Londoners.

Dinu Li worked with the customers of high-street internet phone shops in Manchester, photographing them as they phone abroad, their bodies in one space and their minds elsewhere. Li referenced paintings by Vermeer such as Girl Reading a Letter. The series has been exhibited at Rivington Place, London and Manchester City Art Gallery.

www.dinuli.com

Press The * Then Say Hello

Santu Mofokeng : First solo exhibitions in the UK, 2009

This major retrospective by South African artist Santu Mofokeng was shown at Rivington Place, London and Aberystwyth Art Centre. The show featured photographs from many bodies of work from the 1980's to 2000, across Africa and Europe, including Townships, Rural Bloemhof, Chasing Shadows and Landscapes of Trauma.

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Winter in Tembisa, 1989

Franklyn Rodgers : The Philosophy of Strangers, 2007, his first monograph, hardback,  with 31 colour plates and an essay by Maria Amidu

Black British photographer Franklyn Rodgers has amassed a body of work both personal and commercial, which is breathtaking in its volume and level of accomplishment. The work collected here presents a range of his personal projects which include many portraits of artists, writers and cultural commentators.  

www.franklynrodgers.com

Ferran Rodgers,  16 August 1997, bromide print toned, 16 x 16"