LECTURE IN PROGRESS
“I didn’t just [make a] list,” but instead “ I visualised it.” This meant imagining the moment he would meet his dream subjects – “what I would say to them, how I would light the shoot, what camera I’d be using.” It was through this level of dedication and detailed thought that Giles found great release and stability; “the project kept me sane,” he shares.
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“In 1959, a fresh-faced Barnor left the coastal city of Accra, Ghana for London – a city in recovery from war and political upheaval. Unable to secure a job in commercial photography due to the colour of his skin, he began working in a factory to make ends meet. We sit down to discuss how he captured two cities in transition...”
“Nahem Shoa (b.1968) is a contemporary painter based in Notting Hill. This year, Nahem has curated an exhibition of portraits by artists including Sonia Boyce, Chris Ofili, and Desmond Haughton, entitled 'Face of Britain' at Southampton City Art Gallery. The underlying question of his show might be: what does it mean to be British in 2020?”
“According to the Office for National Statistics, 16 to 29-year-olds are more likely to report that the lockdown has made their mental health worse, compared to their seniors. This is perhaps even more true for young Muslims. Isolated in the family home, some young Muslims felt “suffocated” and unable to speak about mental health issues.”
“A New Statesman Freedom of Information request has revealed that in 2020-21, 377 police officers were working full-time in London schools. What are these officers actually doing, and how is their presence affecting the young?”