Image: Wish You Were Here 5. Le Cake Walk: FUBU Heather Agyepong
Our second UWE/Arnolfini Art in the City lecture of the autumn is artist Heather Agyepong in conversation with Keiko Higashi, Engagement Producer at Arnolfini, held online Wednesday 11 November 2020.
For those who missed it when it first aired, we are pleased to be able to present a recording of this fascinating insight into Heather’s incredible work.
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Heather Agyepong a visual artist, performer/actor and maker who lives and works in London. Her work is included in A Picture of Health | Women Photographers from the Hyman Collection, on display at Arnolfini when we reopen post winter 2020 lockdown.
Agyepong’s art practice is concerned with mental health and wellbeing, invisibility, the diaspora and the archive. She uses both lens-based practices and performance with an aim to culminate a cathartic experience for both herself and the viewer. She adopts the technique of re-imagination to engage with communities of interest and the self as a central focus within the image.
She was nominated for the Prix Pictet and Paul Huf Award in both 2016 and 2018. She was nominated for the South Bank Sky Arts Breakthrough Award 2018, and was recently awarded the Firecracker Photographic Grant 2020.
Her work exists in a number of collections including Autograph ABP, Hyman Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art and Mead Art Museum. She has been commissioned by a number of organisations including the Mayor of London, Photoworks, Artichoke and Tate Exchange.
In her television/film and theatre work, she is drawn to challenging and compelling writing with an intrigue for unique voices. Previously, she has been an associate artist of black led theatre company Talawa and continues to perform both nationally and internationally.
For more of Heather’s work please visit www.heatheragyepong.com
Art in the City is a series of international artist’s talks co-presented by Fine Art UWE Bristol and Arnolfini.
Previous speakers include Phyllida Barlow, Jeremy Deller, Martin Creed, Rose Wylie, Martin Parr, Bob and Roberta Smith, Laure Prouvost.