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This week we welcome Jamila Prowse, independent curator, writer and editor and guest editor for the Photoworks Annual 26.

Jamila Prowse is an independent curator, writer and editor, aiming to develop new dialogues and structures around identity and care within the visual arts. She has written around representation, identity, disability and care for Magazine Art Work, Photoworks, Dazed, and was the founder of alternative women’s magazine Typical Girls. Recent curatorial projects include Dancing in Peckham, Peckham 24, London (May 2019); MOVE, 1-1, Basel (March 2019); Reflections of Us, Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton (October 2018).

 

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We uncovered and re-published David Alan Mellor’s 2003 text on Boris Mikhailov (@boris.vita.mikhailov), who was commissioned to make new work for the first ever Brighton Photo Biennial in 2003. Mikhailov, an underground artist operating subversively during Soviet times emerged on the western radar in the mid 1990s. In 2003 he was commissioned by BPB for the first (and so far only) time to make new work in the UK. The result includes candid photographs of Brighton beach, and a former car boot sale, with eccentric subjects characteristic of Mikhailov’s work. . . . This is independent curator, writer and editor @jamilaprowse, Guest Editor of the next Photoworks Annual, taking over Photoworks to share exclusive content ahead of its upcoming release later in the season. Annual 26 marks 25 years of Photoworks, reflecting on its place within the history of photography and looking to the future of the organisation. Separated once again into Then and Now sections, the former offers a chance to reflect on photographic developments between 1995-2020 and how they fit into the wider sociopolitical landscape. . . . Image: Boris Mikhailov, Untitled, 2003 #Photoworks_UK #DavidAlanMellor #BorisMikhailov

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Photoworks has an expansive history of spearheading participatory projects, in particular working with the LGBTQ+ community. Artist and facilitator Becky Warnock (@bxwarnock), took the opportunity to speak with fellow practitioners Anthony Luvera (@anthony_luvera) and Helen Cammock (@cammockhelen), and Photoworks Learning & Engagement Consultant Juliette Buss, to look back on socially engaged projects they have worked on with Photoworks over the years. The conversation presents a unique moment of reflection, on how the group’s approaches have evolved and changed over time, and how they envision the future of participatory practice. . . . This is independent curator, writer and editor @jamilaprowse, Guest Editor of the next Photoworks Annual, taking over Photoworks to share exclusive content ahead of its upcoming release later in the season. Annual 26 marks 25 years of Photoworks, reflecting on its place within the history of photography and looking to the future of the organisation. Separated once again into Then and Now sections, the former offers a chance to reflect on photographic developments between 1995-2020 and how they fit into the wider sociopolitical landscape. . . . Image: Anthony Luvera, Collaborative Portrait of Kelly McBride, from the series Not Going Shopping, 2013-14 #Photoworks_UK #AnthonyLuvera #BeckyWarnock #HelenCammock #JulietteBuss #ParticipatoryPractice #SociallyEngagedPractice

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Curator Lorén Elhili (@lorenelhili) builds upon her ongoing curatorial research, around Muslim artists who are self-authoring representations, in order to expand an archive of the lived experience of the Muslim community globally. Moving between the real lives of the artists and the communities around them, to how space is galvanised and expanded online, Elhili discusses the work of Akram Zaatari (@akramzaatari), Kazim Rashid (@kazim_kazim_kazim), Mahtab Hussain (@mahtabhussain), Muslim Sisterhood (@muslimsisterhood) and Yumna Al-Arashi (@yumnaaa). . . . This is independent curator, writer and editor @jamilaprowse, Guest Editor of the next Photoworks Annual, taking over Photoworks to share exclusive content ahead of its upcoming release later in the season. Annual 26 marks 25 years of Photoworks, reflecting on its place within the history of photography and looking to the future of the organisation. Separated once again into Then and Now sections, the latter invites emerging curators and artists to explore ideas around the future of photography and archiving. . . . Image: Mahtab Hussain, Red hijab, red dress and bling, from the series Honest with You, 2013 #Photoworks_UK #MahtabHussain #AkramZaatari #KazimRashid #MuslimSisterhood #YumnaAlArashi #LorenElhili

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A new section for the next Photoworks Annual is Chain Reactions, where we invited artist collectives to curate a series of images, selecting works from the period 1995-2020 that hold meaning for them. The series is an opportunity to showcase the work of multiple artists who have been making lens-based work over the past 25 years. Culminating in a chain of images, invoking links between each selection and coming together to create a fictional re-imaging of Photoworks history. . . . Shown here, is a work by Denisse Ariana Pérez (@denisseaps), selected by Yewande Yoyo Odunubi (@mama.yoyoreturns) from BBZ (@bbz_london). BBZ (Bold Brazen Zamis OR Babes) is a Queer Black DJ and Art Collective based in South London. BBZ create intentional space, prioritising QUEER, TRANS AND NON BINARY FOLK OF COLOUR. . . . This is independent curator, writer and editor @jamilaprowse, Guest Editor of the next Photoworks Annual, taking over Photoworks to share exclusive content ahead of its upcoming release later in the season. Annual 26 marks 25 years of Photoworks, reflecting on its place within the history of photography and looking to the future of the organisation. . . . Image: Denisse Ariana Pérez, ‘Q&A – Q for Queer, A for Africa’, in collaboration with the Hope and Care organization in Kigali, Rwanda #Photoworks_UK #BBZ_London #DenisseArianaPerez #YewandeYoyoOdunubi

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