Launched in 2020, Young Curators is a programme design to open the resources of Photofusion up to emerging young curators, creatives and artists from under-represented backgrounds with a desire to pitch, develop, curate and instal shows that speak to the concerns of their communities. The project was developed by D.Wiafe (Youth Engagement Manager) as a response to. The programme has had two shows to date BLK BXY JOY (2022) and SIXTEEN x S2AU (2020) which became the most visited shows for Photofusion in their exhibition year.
BLK BXY JOY
BLK BXY JOY, was an exhibition that celebrated from a young generation of POC artists who are redefining the picture of the Black experience. The exhibition was curated by Destinie Paige, a London based filmmaker, photographer and set designer, who has been a long-term mentee in Photofusion’s mentoring programme (#madeatpf) and youth collective S2AU.
For the exhibition, Paige drew together fourteen emerging artists whose work pictured new visions of black masculinity and femininity. Paige’s vision was to put a spotlight on unseen and under-represented artists who want to present a picture of the black experience that moves away from trauma. After a year in development, BLK BXY JOY became the realisation of that vision. The show opened on the 3rd of February 2022 until 3rd March 2022 and broght together photography, moving image, painting, and sculpture from emerging artist:
Terna Jogo | @shooter_terns
Karis Beaumont | @karisbeau
Ryan Prince | @ryanadrianprince
Joshua Odulate | @joshuadodulate
Joel Claudio | @joelclaudio_
Prince Oke | @princethepotato
Cian Oba-Smith | @cianobasmith
Skye Patterson-Mann | @skyeartzx
Renee Maria Osubu | @reneemaria_o
Tolu Elusadé | @toluelusade
Mariana Dos Santos Pires | @marianap.res
Kemka Ajoku | @kemkaajoku
PJ Harper | @pig.mallion
Nico Froehlich | @nicofroe
SIXTEEN X S2AU
Sixteen was an ambitious project that brought together the work of 16 photographers whose portraits and interviews with British youth offer a glimpse of what it means to be sixteen years old in today’s fractured country. This exhibition is the culmination of its year long tour across Britain, visiting 15 cities and towns, from Shetland to Belfast, via Hull and Newlyn.
For the show at Photofusion, the Sixteen project was turned over to Photofusion’s youth collective, Sorry 2 Annoy U (S2AU). They curated, programmed and planned the exhibition, including inviting local artists to respond to the themes addressed in the exhibition. This became Sixteen 2 [email protected]
Sorry 2 Annoy U (S2AU) are a new youth led collective based at Photofusion, which aims to create a space for young people to find a creative community whilst developing their skills as artists, curators and practitioners.
As young people growing up in London, they feel passionate about representing the identity of young people from all areas of society. Their collaboration with SIXTEEN explores exactly this and what it means to be sixteen years old in modern day society.
They are concerned about the negative representation of youth in the media and wider art contexts. A lack of diversity, understanding of the political challenges we face, and the commodification of youth culture are particularly important issues to the. They hope the this exhibition creates a positive impact on the opinion and representation of young people today.