This event is part of our Past Programme
Featuring contributions from Rene Matić and Johny Pitts and coinciding with the latter’s Home is Not a Place, this talk focuses on artistic production emerging from Peckham.
Born in Peterborough and Sheffield, respectively, we look at their relationship to South London as we identify the district within the transnational contours of living in diaspora. Together they offer reflections pertaining to feelings of displacement that is not void of intimacy, aspirations and joy.
Moderated by curator Sarah Allen (South London Gallery).
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Sarah Allen is Head of Programme at South London Gallery (SLG) where she leads the programme team on the exhibitions and live programme. At the SLG she has curated or co-curated: Lagos, Peckham, Repeat (2023), Rene Matić, upon this rock (2022) and Celine Condorelli After Work (2022) and is currently working on a partnership exhibition with the V&A on the theme of Activism and Feminisms which will take place at the SLG in 2024. Previously she worked as a curator at Tate Modern curating or co-curating the exhibitions Zanele Muholi (2020), Sophie Taeuber-Arp (2021), Nan Goldin (2019) and Shape of Light (2018). She sits on the Board of Directors of Belfast Photo Festival.
Rene Matić (b. 1997, Peterborough) is an artist, writer and poet based in London. Their work brings together themes of post-blackness, glitch feminism and subcultural theory in a meeting place they describe as rude(ness) – to interrupt and exist in/between. Matić takes their departure point from dance and music movements such as Northern soul, Ska and 2-Tone, using them as sites to queer and re-imagine the intimacies between West Indian and white working-class culture in Britain.
Born in Sheffield, Johny Pitts is a self-taught photographer, writer and broadcaster. The founder of the online journal Afropean.com and author of Afropean: Notes from Black Europe, Pitts spent more than a decade documenting the Black experience in Europe. He currently presents Open Book for BBC Radio 4 and a forthcoming Afropean podcast funded by a grant from the National Geographic Society. Pitts has contributed words and images for The Guardian, The New Statesman, The New York Times and Condé Nast Traveller. His first solo show was held at Foam in Amsterdam in 2020.
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