Multiple perspectives through a photographic lens

A new group exhibition curated by neuro-diverse curator, performance poet and visual artist Jacqueline Ennis-Cole will open at Martin Parr Foundation (MPF) on January 27.

Intersectional geographies will showcase the work of a diverse group of photographers exploring social and climate justice and sustainability through a human lens.

“The exhibition advocates for a better understanding of the multifaceted overlaps between protecting and sustaining our planet’s ecosystems and people located in diverse geographic contexts, be they mining communities, rural landscapes and / or home environments, ”explains Ennis-Cole.

Intersectional geographies questions, opens dialogue and stimulates conversations representative of our time; thus creating a visual aesthetic and atmospheric experience that will undoubtedly evoke empathy, knowledge, understanding and deeper insights.

Ennis-Cole herself has multiple skills spanning drawing, photography, art history and conservation, anthropology, and the social sciences. As a curator from BAME, she seeks to amplify under-represented voices in UK society, bringing many perspectives together in one place.

Photographers featured in the exhibition include: Ignacio Acosta, Rhiannon Adam, Lisa Barnard, Jacqueline Ennis-Cole, Darek Fortas, Roshini Kempadoo, Miranda Pennell, Judy Rabinowitz Price, Xaviar Ribas, David Severn, Aida Silverstri and Janine Wiedel.

Alona Pardo, curator of the Barbican Art Gallery, London, was part of the jury that selected Ennis-Cole to present a photographic exhibition at the MPF gallery. “Intersectional geographies unpacks and tackles complex and timely ideas ranging from climate and social justice to extractive mining practices and gender issues through the work of a diverse and international roster of photographic voices working in conceptual and documentary mode, ”reflects she.

Below are some of the images featured in the collection.

David Severn – Thanks Maggie and The Pits of Nations: Black British Coal Miners

Thank you Maggie – photo: David Severn

David Severn grew up in a mining community in Nottinghamshire, an environment he returned to in his visual autobiography Thanks Maggie. Severn was commissioned by Norma Gregory to produce The Pit of Nations: Black British Coal Miners, giving voice to visual representations of the experiences of black minors in the UK.

Rhiannon Adam – The Rift: hydraulic fracturing in the UK

The Rift: Fracking in UK – photo: Rhiannon Adam

Rhiannon Adam’s work explores the community surrounding the ongoing frack resistance at Preston New Road in Lancashire. With climate activists gaining the support of local residents in their fight against invasive industrial processes affecting their environment near their homes, the campaign has also become a focus of national efforts to phase out fossil fuel energy.

Darek Fortas – History of coal

History of coal – photo: Darek Fortas

History of coal is a photographic archive by Darek Fortas, documenting the work of the Silesian coal mining giants in industrial Poland, where he was born and raised before moving to the UK. Fortas’s work sheds light on the role played by the coal industry in overcoming the former communist regime in Poland.

Intersectional geographies curated by Jacqueline Ennis-Cole is at the Martin Parr Foundation, 316 Paintworks, Bristol, BS4 3AR from January 27 to April 3 Thursday to Sunday 10:30 am to 5:30 pm (closed Monday to Wednesday). The exhibition is free.

Main photo: Judy Rabinowitz Price (Wandering Stone Quarries: White Oil)

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