Project 4, © Silvia Rosi, 2019

Instagram takeover: Silvia Rosi

Silvia Rosi, one of the current Jerwood/Photoworks awardees takes over our Instagram account sharing her new body of work soon to be on show at Jerwood Space, London.

Silvia Rosi (b.1992, Scandiano, Italy) is an Italian/Togolaise London based artist, working with photography and video to explore ideas of memory, migration and diaspora. She graduated from London College of Communication in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Photography.

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Hi, this is @slyrosi taking over Photoworks ig account this week. I’ll be sharing some pictures from my project Encounter, on show at Jerwood Space from the 15th of January. Those are my personal favourites from the family album. In my family house photographs are stored in boxes, and are often touched, exchanged, copied, folded and at times damaged. The subject portrayed is posing for the camera at the photographers studio. My mother narrates • “We didn’t own cameras so every Sunday we used to dress up in our finest clothes, go to church and stop by the photographer’s studio to have our portrait taken. It was almost like a ritual”. That’s why the West African studio portrait is so influential in my work, as well as photography as a tactile experience. #photoworks_uk #silviarosi #instagramtakeover #photography #familyalbum #lome #togo

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Recent exhibitions include Presenting Cultural Connections,1:54 Art Fair, Somerset House (2019); Emergence, The Art Pavilion, Mile End (2016); Beyond the Camera, Pingyao International Photography Festival (2016); Black Blossom Exhibition – Highlighting the Voices of Black Women (2016).

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Hi, this is @slyrosi again, taking over Photoworks ig account this week. I’ll be sharing some pictures from my project Encounter, on show at Jerwood Space from the 15th of January. This is a studio portrait of my young Mother, the main source of inspiration for my work. The picture was taken in Lomé at the photographers studio, a few years before she migrated to Italy. Next to it a picture of my grandmother shot in the same studio. Her work as market trader at Assigame market in Lomé inspired my research on head carrying and defined market trade as a family tradition, constantly challenged and redefined by the process of migration. #photoworks_uk #silviarosi #instagramtakeover #photography #familyalbum #archive #studiophotography #westafrica #togo #lome

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Silvia Rosi recently undertook a Thread residency in Senegal, which she also spoke about at a talk for 1:54 A Contemporary African Art Fair.

To learn more about Silvia's practice, visit her website here.

To learn more about Jerwood/Photoworks Awards click here.

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