Portrait photography

Ronan Mckenzie collaborates with WePresent for the photographic exhibition The Self Portrait

New exhibition and photo series supported by WeTransfer’s editorial platform celebrates black women photographers through the art of self-portrait

(Left to right: Christina Nwabugo, Ejatu Shaw, Joy Gregory, available on WePresent for The Self Portrait)

13 May 2021, LONDON: WePresent, the editorial platform of WeTransfer, has collaborated with the HOME art space of British photographer Ronan Mckenzie to host an intimate exhibition called The Self Portrait. The exhibition celebrates thirteen black women photographers through the art of the self-portrait and will run from May 13 to June 27, 2021.

Open to the public in the HOME art space in London and available digitally on WePresent, The Self Portrait is curated by Mckenzie, who, alongside his own work, has invited photographers Adama Jalloh, Joy Gregory, Christina Ebenezer, Denisha Anderson, Olivia Lifungula, Ejatu Shaw, Tino Chiwariro, Christina Nwabugo, Amaal Said, Lucie Rox, Tori Taiwo and Jennie Baptiste to take their own selfies, some of which were taken during Covid-19 ‘Stay At Home’ restrictions in the UK United.

While photographers are used to looking for inspiration outside of themselves, these works were created through the lens of self-observation. Some self-portraits are close-up, intimate, and spontaneous, while others are more formal and stylized, showcasing distinctive styles and artistic experiments. We see the image maker’s journey to the subject as these women explore their own portrayal.

The Self Portrait series illustrates the inner dialogue that takes place when creating a work as personal as the self-portrait. It also honors the multifaceted nature of the experience of black women, from the perspective of black women themselves.

Holly Fraser, Editor-in-Chief of WePresent noted, “As longtime admirers of Ronan Mckenzie, we are delighted to partner with her for this exhibition, highlighting the powerful inspirational work of black female photographers and creating space for important conversations. Having worked with over 1000 creatives from over 100 countries around the world, WePresent has always been dedicated to representative storytelling and we hope that supporting The Self Portrait will help diversify the canon of the self portrait.

Ronan Mckenzie noted: “As photographers we spend a lot of time and attention focusing on the outdoors, taking care of the subject and absorbing its emotions, the exhibition shifts that focus to ensure that we give the same care to ourselves. themselves and others. At the same time, external and societal pressures place black women in a continuous process of activation – aware of the expectations, judgments and connotations that the outside world imposes on us. The exhibition will be an opportunity for self-observation, reflection, and to give space and attention to the inner conversation that takes place during the making of a work. A calm, introspective and experimental manufacturing space, which honors the multiplicity and abundance of the black female experience, written by us, for us and with us in mind. I wanted to partner with WePresent because of their obvious concern and consideration to meaningfully celebrate artists and allow us to take the reins to present and share the stories and works that are important to us.

The self-portrait will run from May 13 to June 27 at HOME, Second Floor, 399 Hornsey Rd, London N19 4DX, and online from May 13 on WePresent

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Born out of the need for a truly accessible art space with both a well-organized presentation of exhibitions and a large program of events, HOME is one of the few black-owned art spaces in London. Founded by Ronan Mckenzie to create a distinct space with a new set of understandings on how to contextualize a wide range of artists, drawing on the personal experiences of institutions and providing a new infrastructure for creativity.

With a focus on supporting black people and indigenous peoples of color, HOME aligns with the contemporary economic climate, with a thoughtful curatorial and event offering regarding the work of BIPOC artists in a context that includes them. perfectly from the inside. Along with the exhibits, HOME features a program of community-driven events and a creative workspace that aim to encourage, share and support. HOME is a malleable concept that transforms and responds to the artists it houses and the community for which it is built.

WePresent is WeTransfer’s editorial platform, acting as the cultural torchbearer of the company and curator of creativity to 4 million monthly readers in 190 countries. WePresent showcases the best of art, photography, music, and more, giving readers a fresh take on the magic and mystery of creative ideas. An advocate of diversity in everything he does, WePresent travels the world in search of unexpected stories about creativity, from young emerging talents to renowned artists like Marina Abramovic, Solange Knowles, Riz Ahmed, John Legend, Tyler Mitchell , Björk, FKA twigs and Bernardine Evaristo.

Having made a name for itself in the game of fast and easy file sharing, WeTransfer has grown into a suite of end-to-end digital solutions with over 70 million monthly active users in 190 countries. The WeTransfer toolkit is uniquely designed to empower creative professionals to inspire, design, share and deliver their work. Collect is the go-to app that people turn to to save money and share their inspiration. Paste® is the collaborative presentation tool of choice for rapidly changing teams. Paper® helps creative minds sketch, paint and draw on iOS. And of course, there is the original file sharing platform. The company celebrates and inspires its global creative community on WePresent, WeTransfer’s editorial platform to 4 million monthly readers.

As a Certified B Corporation, WeTransfer strives to use business as a force for good. From the start, WeTransfer has donated up to 30% of advertising real estate to raise awareness among artists, creative work and the world’s most pressing issues such as climate change and gun control. This amounts to over $ 300 million to date and has led to partnerships with artists and organizations like Marina Abramovic, Björk, FKA twigs, Ryan McGinley, Solange Knowles, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Nations Program. United for Development.

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