Photographing Protest: resistance through a feminist lens is a new exhibition opening at Four Corners, London, from 18 March, which showcases striking images by photographers from across generations, who have used their cameras to support political struggle and social change in Britain from 1968 to today.
The exhibition centres the voices and perspectives of women and nonbinary photographers, and those who have been making work within a feminist framework, challenging the male-dominated history of protest reportage.
Photographing Protest reveals how images of resistance resonate across generations. The exhibition opens with rarely seen images by activist photographer Sally Fraser, who captured defining social movements of the 1968 era, from the Hornsey Art College student sit-ins to the fiery beginnings of the Women’s Liberation movement. Social protests of the 1980s and 90s are shown through the prolific work of Format, the all-women photo agency: at the Greenham Common women’s peace camp, on the Miner’s strike frontline, at Reclaim the Night marches and more. Alongside, the exhibition explores a new generation of photographers engaging with contemporary struggles: anti-racism, LGBTQI+ community rights and climate justice among others, to ask how feminist protest photography can be an agent for today’s political change.
The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of online talks, FEMINISM, PHOTOGRAPHY AND RESISTANCE, produced in collaboration with Kylie Thomas, researcher at the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD) in Amsterdam, and the editor of a special issue of MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture journal on photography and resistance (forthcoming). You can read about the full programme by clicking on the link below.
Photographing Protest: Resistance Through a Feminist Lens
18 March 2022 – 30 April 2022
Four Corners, London