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JAMES BARNOR: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

The renowned photographer is set to be celebrated by the gallery throughout numerous virtual and physical events.

James Barnor Serpentine Exhibition
James Barnor Serpentine Exhibition

Renowned photographer James Barnor is being celebrated by the gallery over the next few months in both a virtual and physical way. To kick off the ode to his work, the British-Ghanaian artist is set to be the centre of discussion at the virtual event, Portraits for the Future, on March 31st. This event will see creatives such as Tyler Mitchell in conversation with James as well as our favourite fashion duo Naomi Campbell and Edward Enninful discussing his legacy alongside a plethora of artists and musicians. The star-studded event, hosted by Clara Amfo, is just the beginning of the celebrations, however.

During April, the screens at London’s Piccadilly Circus will play host to a two and half minute tribute to Barnor. This iconic display will come in the form of a collaboration between the Serpentine and digital art platform CIRCA and will present the three chapters of the photographer work – past, present and future. With the likes of Italian Vogue’s Ferdinando Verderi and the Culture Art Society contributing to the various segments of the film, it is set to be a glorious display of Barnor’s most influential works as well as his legacy which manifests in a new generation of photographers. The tribute will be played at exactly 20:21 GMT every evening and will serve as the perfect bit of culture to spice up Londoner’s socially distanced walks.

While all of these amazing virtual events are an extremely fitting way to provide us with our art fix during these testing times, they are all leading up to the planned physical exhibition James Barnor: London/Accra – A Retrospective. With the 19th of May 2021 set as its debut date, the exhibition will be opened up to the public in accordance with the planned lifting of restrictions – fingers crossed. This celebration of Black excellence, with an exciting physical finale, is exactly the type of cultural schooling we needed. With free tickets to the virtual celebration available on the Serpentine’s website right now, we can all enjoy this truly wholesome content.

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James Barnor Serpentine Exhibition
James Barnor Serpentine Exhibition
JAMES BARNOR: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

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