Artists Heather Agyepong, Jessa Fairbrother, and Lua Ribeira have collaborated with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. In a series of separate interventions, the artists’ own work will be displayed alongside and interspersed with the Museum’s collections to encourage new dialogues around the works.
Memorialization in the Age of Forgetting | Heather Agyepong
Heather Agyepong utilises her own image in her photography, performing a catalogue of identities that have paraded through colonial discourse on African peoples. ‘Too many blackamoors’ quotes a letter from Queen Elizabeth I and Agyepong performs cartes de visites (visiting cards) by Sarah Forbes Bonetta, the West African god daughter of Queen Victoria. Her work will be shown among the Grand Tour paintings from the 18th century offering a postcolonial perspective on the gallery.
In Conversation, and In Character | Jessa Fairbrother
Jessa Fairbrother explores images of femininity through the lens of psychoanalysis, the relationship between mother and daughter, motherhood and loss. She often (but not always) uses her own body, along with personal photographs which she embellishes with stitch, or punctures. Her work will be shown among the museum’s renowned Pre-Raphaelite paintings and modern French art, presenting self-authored contemporary narratives alongside the historic images of women by men.
Craving Gaps | Lua Ribeira
Lua Ribeira brings a vivid intensity to her photographs which aim to question the role of images within the social construction of groups and categories. She collaborates with her subjects but there is a spiritual dimension to the images that has affinities with Renaissance art on the one hand and formal aspects of abstract painting on the other. Ribeira is interested in the idea of being transported – by synthetic, aesthetic or religious means – and alludes to angels and demons in her work. Her photographs, belonging to various series, will be shown amongst the angels and demons of Solario and Bellini and the abstract canvases in the galleries.
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