Artists Talk: Tami Aftab and Marie Smith with Emma Bowkett (online)
18.30 GMT (on Zoom)
The intersection between art and advocacy: What role does photography play in creating agency?
Hear Tami Aftab and Marie Smith in conversation with editor and curator Emma Bowkett (FT Weekend Magazine) This talk explores the links in their two different practices and how they look to family and identity in their approach to the subject of health in their work. This discussion will include presentations from the artists and Q&A with the audience.
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Tami Aftab is a London-born and based photographer, who graduated from BA Photography at London College of Communication, UAL in the Summer of 2020. Her work touches on subjects of intimacy, performance and playfulness through the form of portraiture. The Dog's in the Car is a collaboration with her father, who suffers from a unique form of short term memory loss that occurred after an accident in operation for his hydrocephalus. Using a playful voice, the artist questions the hushed tones that surround illness and encourages a feeling of comic relief to capture her father's identity.
Emma Bowkett is Director of Photography at the FT Weekend Magazine and a curator. She is Associate Lecturer at LCC, and regularly participates at international workshops, portfolio reviews, festivals and awards. She is also the curator of a Financial Times special supplement and talks programme at the annual Photo London photography fair.
Marie Smith is a visual artist and writer born, living and working in London and graduated in 2017 with a MA in History in Art with Photography at Birkbeck, University of London. Smith’s practice incorporates text, digital and analogue photography as a form of visual language. Smith’s experience as a Black woman has informed how she addresses identity, memory, environment, death, mental health and wellbeing in her practice. Smith seeks to create a dialogue that reframes the invisibility that Black women face within these subjects.
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