Yaa #5, Heather Agyepong, Commissioned by Tate, 2017

Heather Agyepong is a visual artist and performer who lives and works in London. Her art is concerned with mental health and wellbeing, activism, the diaspora and the archive.

2021 Update:

We are thrilled to announce Heather Agyepong and Joanne Coates are the awardees of the fourth Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. This major opportunity supports early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice. Now in their fourth edition, the Awards will support the two UK-based artists who are between one and ten years into their practice to realize ambitious new works for a national touring exhibition.

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Yaa by Heather Agyepong, 2017

Heather uses both lens-based practices and performance with an aim to culminate a cathartic experience for both herself and the viewer.
She uses the technique of re-imagination to engage with communities of interest and the self as a central focus within the image.

Heather has worked within photographic & performance arts since 2009 with a range of works that have been published, performed and exhibited around the UK and internationally. She was commissioned to produce a visual response to Autograph ABP’s The Missing Chapter project in 2015 with her series Too Many Blackamoors which was shortlisted for the RPS International Print Exhibition 159. Her project The Gaze on Agbogbloshie was also nominated for the Prix Pictet award in 2016 and for the Foam Paul Huf Award 2017. In 2016, she was selected as Mashable’s top 10 female photographers devoted to social justice. Her work is part the Autograph ABP collection.

She studied a BSc Applied Psychology at the University of Kent and went on to complete a MA in Photography & Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths College where she was awarded the Kirsty MacColl 2014 Scholarship. She has recently completed a collaborative commission with Tate Exchange which took place in November 2017 focusing on cultural production, visibility and privilege.

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