Radical Imagination: 7 International Women Photographers

Thu 21 Jul 2022 - Sun 30 Oct 2022

image of a girl standing in front of a rose bush by Anna Neubauer as part of The Photographers’ Gallery's temporary exhibition taking place in Kings Cross

Radical Imagination: 7 International Women Photographers

Thu 21 Jul 2022 - Sun 30 Oct 2022

This event is part of our Past Programme

What makes a photograph stand out from the millions that are created, consumed and shared everyday?

Radical Imagination: Seven International Women Photographers presents recent projects by seven outstanding artists, who raise questions in us about our perception of the world and the people living in it.

With works by Aïda Muluneh, Maryam Wahid, Anna Neubauer, Silvia Rosi, Yufan Lu, Mónica Alcázar-Duarte and Shoufay Derz, the King’s Cross area is transformed into a public gallery..

These artists have adopted different, but equally dynamic approaches to the medium of photography. Their extraordinary images reframe portraiture and representation. From Human interaction, reimagining memory, and subverting gender norms to performance, staging and visual storytelling, these photographers creatively transform identity.

image of a figure dressed in red pointing at a blackboard by Aïda Muluneh from the series The Crimson Echo

Aïda Muluneh

Aïda Muluneh’s striking images, from her most recent series The Crimson Echo, explore African female identity - situating it within the colonial experience.

photograph of a man and woman on a motorbike with the woman looking back by Maryam Waheed

Maryam Wahid

The images from Maryam Wahid’s project Zaibunnisa explore the theme of identity and her personal journey to reconnect with her Pakistani heritage.

: photograph of a young disabled woman in a pink dress posing for the camera by Anna Neubauer

Anna Neubauer

Anna Neubauer’s captivating portraits address the invisibility young people, with disabilities and visible differences, often experience in public spaces.

photograph of a woman dressed in a men's suit seated on a pink stool with a book on her head with tomatoes on the floor by Silvia Rosi

Silvia Rosi

Silvia Rosi’s series Encounter is a fictional representation of an old family photo album, exploring tales of migration and diaspora through self-portraiture and symbolism.

image of young woman posing wearing white gloves overlaid with red lettering by Yufan Lu

Yufan Lu

Lu’s work raises questions around sexism, consumerism and empowerment while challenging stereotypes of beauty and femininity.

photograph of a woman wearing a blue mask and washing up gloves in front of a black screen by Monica Alcázar-Duarte

Mónica Alcázar-Duarte

Mónica Alcázar-Duarte’s multimedia project Second Nature considers how the digital representation of individuals, groups and societies is often shaped by computational algorithms.

photograph of several heads painted green emerging from a lake by Shoufay Derz

Shoufay Derz

Shoufay Derz’s fantastical portraits act as a reminder to embrace our capacity for imagination as well as to encourage connection between us and our natural environment.

Displayed in the public realm, these seven artists offer new perspectives and surprising visual representations which makes us stop, step back, reflect and remember.

Radical Imagination is the latest exhibition to take over The Outside Art Project, a series of always-on, always-free and always-open art on the streets of N1C. The exhibition is curated by The Photographers’ Gallery’s director, Brett Rogers and senior curator, Anna Dannemann with the help of exhibition assistant, Freya Winterson.