Photofusion celebrates International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day on Saturday 8th March, Photofusion has organised some exciting events.

Pop-Up Portrait Studio

Saturday 8 March, 12:00 – 17:00
This event is free and open to all. No booking required

Venue: Outside Photofusion Studio, Brixton Market, Coldharbour Lane entrance (next to Rosie’s Cafe)

Photofusion photographers and community programme tutors, Scarlett Crawford and Jemella Binns, will be running a pop-up studio where women of all ages can have their photograph taken as part of Photofusion’s celebration of women and photography. Sitters will get a print of their shoot to take away with them.

Look out for some of Photofusion’s young volunteers who will be promoting the event on the day.

The Aftermath of War: A Woman’s Experience

Thursday 13 March, 19:00

Gallery talk with photographer Jenny Matthews and writer, broadcaster & academic Dr Zoe Norridge

This event is free and open to all. Booking required:

[email protected]
020 7738 5774

Venue: Photofusion Gallery, 17a Electric Lane

Photographer Jenny Matthews has documented women affected by war for over 20 years. As International Women’s Day coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, she will show work from her trip to Rwanda in 1994, when an estimated 800,000 people were murdered, alongside sharing the experience and outcome of her recent return.

© Jenny Matthews, ‘Consolée in 1995’

© Jenny Matthews, ‘Consolée in 2014’

In February 2014, Jenny set off on a three week trip to find and re-photograph the women she met 20 years ago and this evening talk will focus on the topic of women and the aftermath of war, the role of the photographer in telling such a story and how women re-build community out of conflict.

Jenny will be in conversation with Dr Zoe Norridge, Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at King’s College London, who has been travelling to Rwanda since 2009. In 2012, she worked on two specific projects examining intersections between place and memory and the role of public culture and transitional justice in translating the idea of “freedom from fear”.

Both events are part of our partnership with Brixton Live, a collective of cultural organisations in Brixton. All partner IWD events are supported by a Lambeth Health & Wellbeing Grant.

For more information on other IWD events by Brixton Live here…


Jenny Matthews

Jenny Matthews has been commissioned and published by a wide range of international magazines since 1982 including Marie Claire, Guardian Weekend magazine, The Sunday Times, The Independent Magazine, Night and Day magazine and the Independent on Sunday Review.

She has also done substantial work for development organisations, including Save the Children, Action Aid, Oxfam, Christian Aid, Sight Savers, particularly in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.

In 2003, Women and War was published by Mets and Shilt in the Netherlands, Pluto Press in the UK and University of Michigan in the USA. It was Highly Commended in the John Kobal book awards. The touring exhibition, “Women and War”, was shown throughout the UK from 2003-2005.

She is a Patron of Photofusion, a Trustee of Picture People and an Ambassador for Photovoice – both participatory photo projects – and in this capacity she has facilitated workshops for sex workers in India and young people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Albania, Lebanon, and Romania.

Jenny’s work is represented by Panos Pictures.

Dr Zoe Norridge

Dr Zoe Norridge joined King’s College London in September 2012. She was previously a Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Director of the Aftermaths Research Strand at the University of York, Department of English and Related Literature.

Before becoming an academic, Dr Norridge worked in health promotion for NGOs in the UK (Cancer Research UK, Terrence Higgins Trust) and Papua New Guinea (VSO).

In 2011, Zoe was selected as one of ten inaugral “New Generation Thinkers” by the BBC and the AHRC and has since made several short pieces for Radio 3. In 2012, her book Perceiving Pain in African Literature was published by Palgrave Macmillan (London) and amongst her published essays, “Writing Against Genocide: Genres of Opposition in Narratives from and about Rwanda” was featured in Postcolonial Poetics, Liverpool University Press, 2011.

More information about Dr Zoe Norridge on the King’s College London website
The exhibition “Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now” will open on 21 March at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House, co-curated by Dr Zoe Norridge and Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP.