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Johny Pitts, the recipient of the particular fellowship, will create a new body of work showing on Black Britishness by means of its myriad manifestations over the UK
“[The work] may reflect upon Black Britishness – its complexity, strength, and resilience – at the start of a new decade, ” describes Johny Pitts, the particular recipient of the inaugural Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship 2021. Pitts can spend the next year having a project documenting the complex nature of Black Britishness, beginning in London, journeying across the Thames and the British coast.
The history of the Harlem Renaissance in New York influenced the self-taught photographer’s task. Employing a documentary approach plus drawing on Pitts’ ongoing Afropean Archive (which comprises more than 100, 000 images produced over a decade documenting Black colored European experiences), the work will explore Black Britishness in most its varied manifestations.
The Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship aims to generate new opportunities for mid-career artists, facilitating practitioners to create a new body of work. The recipient receives mentoring and curatorial assistance, a production budget, and a good award of £15, 000.
“Photoworks are very happy to announce Johny Pitts as the recipient of the first Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship, ” says Shoair Mavlian, director of Photoworks. “We are looking forward to working closely with Pitts on the next 12 months as he moves the coast of Britain making his new body of work. ”