Heather Agyepong, Too Many Blackamoors, 2015. Originally commissioned by Autograph ABP for The Missing Chapter.
A Pandora’s box was opened in the UK on the morning of 24th June 2016. Ignored tensions and deep divides came sharply into focus as some celebrated, while others reeled in disbelief. Seen Fifteen presents an exhibition of photography and video installation by two Londoners whose personal experiences inform their work.
In 'Too Many Blackamoors', British-Ghanaian artist Heather Agyepong stages self-portraits to re-enact the story of Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta, an African girl who was 'gifted' to Queen Victoria. Whilst uncovering a hidden history, Agyepong simultaneously projects her own frustrations with racism onto the character of this intriguing 'African Princess'. In 'Mixedness', German-Japanese artist Lea Nagano combines video portraits and projections to explore complexities within perceptions of mixed-race identities. The absence of a dialogue on this subject is represented in a double projection where the viewer’s shadow interacts with an urban soundtrack.
Heather Agyepong, Lea Nagano