Exhibition preview: Gavin Fernandes: Empire Line & Monarchs Of The East End
A preview of some of the photographs from the 22 large-scale Silver Gelatin Prints in the windows and cinema foyer of Rich Mix Cultural Foundation.
Head over to Rich Mix, the cultural centre in Bethnal Green for two exhibitions by one of the UK's most innovative photographers, Gavin Fernandes.
In Empire Line Gavin explores the politics of clothing and its relationship with class and caste in 19th century India ruled by the British Raj.
For Monarchs of The East End the photographer inspired by classic East End imagery, creates a series of characters which, although invented, are almost believable. There are Asian skinheads, a homage to the hackneyed Jewish East End tailor and, one of my favourite portraits of recent times, the Council Estate Pearly King and Queen. Gavin's fans include musician Dave Stewart, who says: "I cite Gavin as one of the new visionary photographers who are creating new art forms which will stay around from now." Absolutely bang-on Mr Stewart.
words: Marian Buckley
UPDATE: Check our videocast interview with Gavin here.
Until 29 April 2007 at RICH MIX, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. Open: 9.00am to 11.00pm, 7 days a week, FREE ADMISSION.
More info: www.gavinfernandes.com