- Artist's talk with Dana Popa
1 May 7:00 pm
Please join us for a talk with photographer Dana Popa, as she charts her career and speaks about the issues raised in her body of work on at Foto8 Gallery, After the New Man. She will be in conversation with Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP.
Autograph ABP is a charity that works internationally to educate the public in photography by addressing issues of cultural identity and human rights. It achieves this through formal and informal education programmes, exhibitions, publishing, and the creation of an archive of culturally diverse photography that is accessible to the public for research.
In Dana Popa's new exhibition entitled: After the New Man, Popa revisits her homeland, Romania, and the generation who were born just before or after the fall of the communist regime. This body of work is an intimate portrayal of youth and the fleeting memories of a bygone era that still permeate the individuals and landscape.
Traces of Popa’s own childhood pervade not only through the blocks of flats and the cars from another era, but in the mindsets of old and young. This legacy of the recent past and the ubiquitous Western-inspired ideals of lifestyle and consumerism construct a portrait of a displaced generation, struggling to reconcile their place in history. After the New Man brings together Popa’s own work with her old family photographs and remnants from the past.
Popa (b. 1977) studied a Masters degree in Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. Her work focuses on contemporary social issues with a particular emphasis on human rights. ‘Not Natasha’ was Popa’s first major body of work, which looked at the effects of sex trafficking on girls and families in The Republic of Moldova who had firsthand experience of it. The project has been exhibited around the UK, Europe and US and was also published as a book (Autograph ABP, 2009). Popa is based in London.
Mark Sealy has been director of Autograph ABP since 1991. In his role at Autograph ABP he has initiated the production of over 50 publications, produced exhibitions globally, managed many major commissions and residencies projects. He played a key role in the development of Rivington Place as one of it's founding CEO's. Rivington Place is the UK’s first dedicated arts space for the continuous display of culturally diverse visual arts and photography.
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