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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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CREDIT: Laia Abril
Discover the artists
Five artists unite in show of strength

Find out more about the five innovative image-makers featured in the exhibition in the RPS Journal online.

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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

Agonistes (stills), 2020, 1-channel digital video, colour, sound
CREDIT: Hoda Afshar
IN PROGRESS features in Bristol Photo Festival

Bristol Photo Festival is a new biennial festival with a year-round programme of commissions, collaborations, and exhibitions by both local and international artists. The first edition encompasses a summer showcase of photography exhibitions across the city followed by a full autumn programme of festival exhibitions and events including a book fair, film programme, talks series and symposiums.

The festival will launch in the spring with exhibitions including work by Laia Abril, James Barnor, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Jessa Fairbrother, Adama Jalloh, Lua Ribeira, Jem Southam, Sarah Waiswa. This will be followed by major exhibitions in the autumn by Stephen Gill, Lebohang Kganye and Thilde Jensen alongside series of outdoor shows. 

Poulomi Basu From The Series ‘Centralia’ 2010 2020
CREDIT: © Poulomi Basu. From The Series ‘Centralia’ 2010-2020
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 tickets £3.

Poulomi Basu and Monica Allende / 27 July Book now

Siffa Sound System, Playing The Carnival, Handsworth Park. 1983 Sml
CREDIT: © Vanley Burke. Siffa Sound System, Playing The Carnival, Handsworth Park, 1983
Symposium: Diversity & Inclusion in Photography
Recording available online soon

The Bristol Photo Festival and the RPS hosted a one-day online symposium, curated by Jennie Ricketts. Through the work of photographers and those working within photography, the symposium explored themes around diversity and inclusion.

With speakers throughout the day, including a keynote conversation with Vanley Burke, and two afternoon panel discussions, the symposium provided insight into the work and practice of different photographers, it highlighted the challenges they may have faced and how they overcame them, and identified what is needed to support photographers in their practice now and for the future.

The symposium was recorded and will be available online soon. Do drop us a quick email, with the subject line 'symposium recording', if you would like to be notified when it's live.