Photographic Futures

19 January 2019

18:30 - 20:00

Conway Hall Library
25 Red Lion Square
United Kingdom

Group Member£8.00 
RPS Member£10.00 
Non RPS Member£12.00 

RPS Women in Photography is delighted to host this panel, part of the programme of events for the exhibition, "When Women Gather..." by Grace Gelder, photographer-in-residence at Conway Hall.  

The panel will be made up of: two photographers, Karen Knorr HonFRPS and Maryam Wahid; an educator using photography in her practice, Grace Gelder; a curator, Laura Noble; and will be chaired by Marianne Mulvey.  

Karen Knorr, an American, was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1954, raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1960s and educated in Paris and London. Karen was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Award in 1986 for her series Gentlemen; India Song was awarded the Pilar Citoler V International Photography Award in 2010.  Her photography developed a critical and playful dialogue with documentary photography using different visual and textual strategies to explore her chosen subject matter that ranges from the family and lifestyle to the animal and its representation in the museum context. She was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2011 and 2012, and the Prix Pictet in 2012 and has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RPS. Her work is included in a number of private and public collections worldwide, including London’s Tate Gallery and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Since 2010 she has been Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. She lives and works in London.

British photographer Maryam Wahid explores her identity as a South Asian Muslim. Her profound interest in multiculturalism and flair for photography allows her to display concepts of cultural diversity and attempts to challenge common misconceptions of Islam through the art of her beautifully crafted work. Using photo manipulation, Maryam expresses the origins of the Pakistani community in Birmingham by exploring her deeply rooted family history and the mass integration of migrants within the United Kingdom. Her academic background in Art, Photography and Religious Studies alongside her fascination in cultural cognition and religious ideologies have progressively influenced her work. She intends to continue expressing her religious and cultural identity by challenging recurring stereotypes. Maryam’s self-portrait won the British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain 2018 award; the image is part of a series, Women From the Pakistani Diaspora.

Grace Gelder is a freelance photographer and educator who has exhibited and published in the UK and abroad. Since finishing her MA in 2008 she has worked with a range of clients and groups, often working on projects that promote equality and wellbeing. Her practice explores inter-personal relationships, dynamics and the intersection of photography and other disciplines. She regularly designs and leads course for galleries, museums and universities, including V&A, Tate, The Photographers Gallery, UCL, University of the Arts London, and Wellcome Collection. She is currently working with Ovalhouse theatre on Imagining Futures, an early intervention service for women whose immediate and longer-term mental health may be affected by issues including social exclusion, exploitation, vulnerability, deprivation and gang association. Grace is Photographer-in-Residence at Conway Hall.

Laura Noble, Director of L A Noble Gallery and Founder/Curator of FIX Photo Festival, is known as a collector and author of The Art of Collecting Photography. She lectures worldwide in galleries, auction houses and museums on collecting and professional practice. Her art consultancy work and bespoke portfolio reviews are in high demand.  L A Noble Gallery exhibits photographic work of a wide variety, specialising in the contemporary, and representing the best home-grown and international talent, including both renowned and emerging artists. Its program focuses on assisting professional development at every stage, for students, graduates and professionals.

Marianne Mulvey is a curator, writer and educator. From 2009-16 she was Curator, Public Programmes at Tate Britain / Modern. She has also worked at The Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery and Gasworks, and was a Trustee of Fierce Festival in Birmingham 2014-18. Marianne teaches on curating at various higher education institutions and runs thematic evening courses at The Photographers Gallery. She is the recipient of a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership award between Tate and the Royal College of Art, in partnership with Open School East and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art to research public programming in art institutions.

Image: Unidentified bleached coral © Grace Gelder

Hearing and access requirements

Unfortunately, due to the constraints of the Conway Hall building, the Library is not accessible to wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.

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Region: LondonGroup(s): Women in Photography