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CREDIT: Hoda Afshar

Exhibition: IN PROGRESS

20 May - 24 October 2021, RPS Gallery, Bristol
The Archive of the Children of God #2
CREDIT: Alba Zari


IN PROGRESS: Laia Abril - Hoda Afshar - Widline Cadet - Adama Jalloh - Alba Zari

20 May - 24 October 2021 / RPS Gallery
Advance ticket booking required. Book advance tickets here.

IN PROGRESS presents a collection of solo shows by five of today’s most innovative photographers and photo-based artists. The exhibition places emphasis on each of the artist’s individual projects, motivations, and creative practices, and intentionally refrains from linking them to an overarching theme or idea.

Featuring new works alongside work-in-progress, this exhibition explores personal history, cultural identity, nationality, community, migration, displacement, responsibility, belief, morality, and memory. It highlights the diverse possibilities that photography offers in terms of research, investigation, critique, and self-expression, in the pursuit of both artistic and social progress.

IN PROGRESS: Laia Abril - Hoda Afshar - Widline Cadet - Adama Jalloh - Alba Zari is commissioned by The Royal Photographic Society and curated by Aaron Schuman.

Seremoni Disparisyon #1 (Ritual [Dis]Appearance #1) 2019
CREDIT: Widline Cadet
Visit IN PROGRESS at RPS Gallery, Bristol UK

RPS Gallery is situated in the photography hub of Bristol alongside the Martin Parr Foundation. 

Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm  

To ensure that everyone shares a safe and enjoyable experience while visiting RPS Gallery, we kindly encourage you to continue to observe our safety measures. Before visiting, please book a day ticket in advance and read our Visitor Guide.

RPS Bristol has been accredited with Visit England's We're Good to Go 

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Featured Artists

CREDIT: Mahala Nuuk 2019
Laia Abril

Laia Abril is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, sound, and video, with a focus on long-term research-based projects. After graduating from university with a degree in Journalism, she moved to New York to pursue photography, where she began to tell intimate stories that explore uneasy and hidden realities related to sexuality, eating disorders and gender equality.

Abril has authored several highly acclaimed books including Thinspiration (self-published, 2012), Tediousphilia (Musée de l’Elysée, 2014), The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014), Lobismuller (RM Verlag, 2016), and On Abortion (Dewi Lewis, 2018). Her ongoing body of work, A History of Misogyny, has been exhibited internationally, and received numerous grants and awards. Abril is based in Barcelona and represented by the Les Filles du Calvaire in Paris.

CREDIT: Hoda Afshar
Hoda Afshar

Hoda Afshar is an Iranian-born visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Working with photography and moving-image, she explores the nature and possibilities of documentary image-making, and investigates the representation of gender, marginality, and displacement. Her work has been exhibited internationally, published widely, and is held in private and public collections.

She was awarded the National Photographic Portrait Prize by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra in 2015, and the Bowness Photography Prize in 2018. Her latest monograph, Speak the Wind, is published by MACK (2021). Afshar lectures in Photography and Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, and is represented by Milani Gallery in Brisbane, Australia.

CREDIT: Widline Cadet
Widline Cadet

Widline Cadet is a Haitian-born artist based in New York. Her practice draws from her own personal history, and examines race, memory, erasure, migration, immigration, and Haitian cultural identity from within the United States. She uses photography, video, and installations to construct a visual language that explores notions of visibility and hyper visibility, black feminine interiority, and selfhood.

Cadet has a degree in Studio Art from The City College of New York, and an MFA from Syracuse University.  Her work features in multiple publications and she is the recipient of numerous international fellowships, residencies, and awards. In 2020, Cadet was awarded the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Snider Prize, and was selected as a 2020-2021 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

CREDIT: Adama Jalloh
Adama Jalloh

Adama Jalloh is a documentary and portrait photographer based in London. Her work focuses on race, identity, and culture, cultivating a steady archive and ongoing conversation around the landscape of London and the transitions taking place within it. She aims to capture moments of intimacy, honesty and familiarity that resonate with both her own memories and experiences and speak to those of her audience too.

After receiving a degree in Commercial Photography from the Arts University Bournemouth, Jalloh has pursued a freelance career, working with many international clients including The New York Times, The Financial Times, TATE, Channel 4, Dazed & Confused, Island Records, Alexander McQueen, Adidas and NIKE. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally.

CREDIT: Alba Zari
Alba Zari

Alba Zari was born in Bangkok and lives and works between London and Trieste. Since childhood she has led a nomadic life, which is reflected within her photographic practice, using photography as a visual method of investigation and self-analysis. Zari received a degree in Film from Bologna University, studied Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York, and continued her studies in Photography and Visual Design at the New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan.

She was awarded the Graziadei Photography Award in 2019, and was a Selected Artist in FOAM Talent 2020. Zari’s work has been exhibited in many international photography festivals, galleries, and museums, and she is currently working on her first documentary feature film, White Lies.

Get involved

BOP21 - Books on Photography
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 October 2021

Join us for a weekend of photography and photobooks at BOP (Books on Photography) held in collaboration with Bristol Photo Festival and the Martin Parr Foundation. Sign-up for photographer and artist talks held at RPS House Bristol.

Saturday, 23 October

Kirsty Mackay / 10:00-10:50 / Book Now
Matt Stuart / 11:00-11:50 / Coming soon
Casey Orr / 12:00-12:50 / Book Now
Nick Hedges / 14:00-14:50 / Book Now
Marilyn Stafford / 15:00-15:50 / Book Now
Charlie Phillips / 16:00-16:50 / Book Now

Sunday, 24 October

Helen Sear /11:00-11:50 / Book Now
Giya Makondo-Wills with Kelly O'Brien /12:00-12:50 / Book Now
Trolley Books at 20 / 14:00-15:15 / Book Now
Robin Maddock with Johny Pitts / 15:30-16:20 / Book Now

BOP is produced by the Martin Parr Foundation and the Royal Photographic Society

Gideon Mendel HonFRPS
CREDIT: Gideon Mendel HonFRPS
Award winning artists in conversation

We’ve invited photographers and artists working across all genres of image-making, as well as curators, educators, cinematographers and publishers, to discuss their practice and inspirations. The talks are followed by a public Q+A. All talks are free, registration is required.

Bruno Ceschel and Lesley A. Martin / 5 October Book Now

Gideon Mendel and Gareth Evans / 19 October Book Now

Brett Rogers HonFRPS and Susan Bright / 16 November Book Now

View a selection of previous in conversation events here




CREDIT: Adama Jalloh
Exhibition learning

This resource can be enjoyed by all and is easily adapted for a younger audience. It explores the artists work, and raises discussion on topics such as research, progress and the direction photography is travelling today. 

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