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CORE TEAM

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Renée Mussai, Curator and Head of Archive

 

A photography scholar-curator, Renée oversees all aspects of The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles project – including team and partnerships management, collection research, curation of displays and associated programmes, as well as the production of online and print resources. She also looks after Autograph ABP’s wider global exhibition, publishing and research initiatives, having organised numerous exhibitions in Europe, Africa and America during the past decade. Since 2008, she is regular guest curator at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and a former non-resident fellow. Renée lectures and publishes internationally on photography and cultural politics, and is presently a PhD candidate in Art History at University College London, writing her doctoral thesis on ‘race’ and Victorian photography in relation to Black Chronicles.

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Adelaide Bannerman, Archive Project Coordinator

 

Adelaide is a curator and project manager. Since 1998 she has worked for a number of organisations that include: Autograph ABP, International Curators Forum (ICF), Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), PLATFORM, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, and Arts Council England. Adelaide started working with Autograph ABP in 2011, and between June 2013 and October 2016 was the Archive Coordinator for The Missing Chapter. In this role, she was involved in implementing and supporting the management and administration of The Missing Chapter programme — and led on the recruitment and work-based learning experiences of volunteers and interns, multimedia productions with young people, and securing partnerships to deliver the image projection campaign.

VOLUNTEERS AND TRAINEES

Our outreach initiatives provide opportunities for volunteers and young people to become actively involved in producing creative work and contributing to the different TMC project strands and resources, while others receive training in research skills, digital preservation, and collection care.

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Lucy Adjoa Armah

 

Lucy is a Ghanaian-born, London-based visual & material culture anthropologist and designer. As an undergraduate, she studied fine art and fashion design. At postgraduate level, she studied Material, Anthropology and Design at University College London, where she turned her focus towards research and more speculative approaches to design. Her focus as a researcher is on West African material and visual cultures, with Ghana being her primary field-site. In autumn 2017 she will begin PhD study in the School of Humanities at the Royal College of Art. Her research explores historicity and the ethics of researcher positioning using ‘Saman’, the archive of photographic negatives she has been collecting across Ghana as the catalyst to develop best practices in research. Lucy was part of the team that created The Missing Chapter website.

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Irene Fubara-Manuel

 

Irene is a practice-based researcher living in Brighton, Sussex. She is originally Niger Deltan, having completed her undergraduate education in Winnipeg, Canada. Irene is currently conducting research for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Sussex which addresses migration, surveillance and opacity. She situates her research and practice within the context of digital humanities and postcolonial queer theory. Also a self-taught animator, her most recent works include I’m New Here, a 2D animated series on queer African migrants in Winnipeg, and an experimental animation and installation project, Border Ritual, which exhibited in Hastings and Brighton. Irene was part of the team that created The Missing Chapter website.

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Priya Jay

 

Priya is a writer and visual culture researcher. Her current work focuses on collective memory, mourning and historicity within the postcolonial archive. Her research is practice-based, using ‘Yaha Archive’, a growing collection of vernacular photography from the South Asian diaspora in Britain to develop a more layered and nuanced telling of a people’s history. Priya completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology at University College London and has since has carried out photographic research for Medical Humanities at the Wellcome Trust, co-curated an exhibition at University College London and worked with a high-growth technology startup. Priya was part of the team that created The Missing Chapter website.

Read six brief interviews with the previous cohort of volunteers: Levi Prombaum, Sofia Gallarate, Jemima Dentaah, Tamar Clarke-Brown, Keri-Luke Campbell and Eloise Pasmore O’Pray.

CONTRIBUTORS / FREELANCERS

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Ama J. Budge, Research Assistant

 

Ama is a feminist writer, curator, and artist, working to activate and catalyse movements that emphasize human rights, ecological revolutions and de-gendered identities. Ama has been actively involved with The Missing Chapter,  as a research assistant on the Web App and associated audio visual resources – as well as a creative facilitator on the TMC Collective programme, where she supported the creative development of eight young women of colour. Using her background in performance art, creative communications and feminist documentation, Ama helped position their work within the context of what it means to be Black in Britain today, and moderated multiple events at the Collective’s symposia series at Autograph ABP in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy at Goldsmiths University.

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Jennifer Jeffries, Picture Researcher

 

Jennifer is a freelance Picture Researcher with a long established relationship with the vast photographic archive held by Getty Images. While engaged on the Missing Chapter project, her expert knowledge and interest in black studies was instrumental to the rediscovery of glass plates and other original material at the Hulton archive, which formed the main body of Autograph ABP’s Black Chronicles II exhibition in 2014. Formerly with the Natural History Museum, she has been active in and manager of, several picture libraries. Her speciality is archival research, and she has contributed to several major publications such as A Modern Social History of the United Kingdom, Look Back at Britain with Reader’s Digest, An Illustrated History of African America, Black America by Marcia A Smith and Black Britain where she worked closely with authors, Professors Paul Gilroy and Stuart Hall.

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Zoë Maxwell, Digital Imaging

 

Zoë is a photographer that lives and works in London. She graduated with BA(Hons)1st class Photography from Edinburgh’s Napier University in 2004. Soon after that she moved to London and took a position in the picture desk department at the Independent Newspaper. From there, she gained entry to the Royal College of Art, graduating with a Masters degree in Photography. Upon graduation in 2009, Zoe started working as Imaging Specialist at Autograph ABP for several years and continues to engage with Autograph ABP’s artistic programme as a freelance contributor including on The Missing Chapter. Zoe continues to photograph commercially and exhibit nationally and internationally.

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Keri-Luke Campbell, Digital Imaging

 

Keri-Luke is a multi-disciplinary digital imaging specialist. After volunteering for The Missing Chapter since 2014 within digital preservation, collection management, and audience engagement logistics, Keri-Luke has gone on to undertake professional work in exhibition image optimisation for Black Chronicles II and optimisation for external projections at Royal Festival Hall, Gillett Square and Rich Mix. Keri-Luke continues to volunteer for Autograph ABP whilst completing his degree in Photography & Digital Imaging Technologies and engaging in independent photographic work.

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Ali Eisa, Artist Educator

 

Ali first joined Autograph ABP as a freelance Artist Educator, devising and leading workshops using archive learning resources as part of the outreach programme at the gallery, as well as in local school and community spaces. Before taking up the Programme Coordinator role, Ali contributed to The Missing Chapter project as an independent learning consultant and advised on the educational aspects of the web app development, writing the accompanying teaching guidance documents and lesson plans. Ali organized the launch of The Missing Chapter learning resources at Autograph ABP and is continuing to work on the distribution and integration of the resources into formal education and community outreach work across London.

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Teresa Cisneros, Artist Educator

 

Teresa is a Chicana (Mexican-American) cultural producer who has lived in London for 15 years. She has worked as a Curator, Art Educator and Arts Manager. After working for Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), she co-founded the independent curatorial collective Agency for Agency. She has worked with organisations such as Tate Modern, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, Nottingham Contemporary, Wellcome Collection and Arnolfini. Cisneros’ projects and work explore the politics of identity, history and contemporary art practices. Working with a range of groups from secondary school students to educators and community leaders, Teresa is currently introducing The Missing Chapter’s educational resources using different methods for engagement including formal presentations, art making and project development workshops.

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ELLA PHILLIPS, ARTIST EDUCATOR

 

Ella has over 10 years experience in gallery education, as a Programme Manager and Artist. In 2014 she founded Flower Press, a social enterprise supporting survivors of human trafficking through creative partnerships. She is a member of art collective Marion Phillini and experimental curating team Flac Group. She regularly works collaboratively, challenging ideas of what ownership might mean. Through video installation, text and site responsive interventions, she explores how design affects our behaviours in both physical and digital spaces. Often suggesting absurd conclusions, she plays with the relationship between agency, propaganda, instruction and art. Ella used Autograph’s photography archive, Exhibition in a Box and it’s corresponding web app to inspire dynamic activities around the construction of identity. Through photography, objects, performance and sound, participants considered the cultural effects of immigration, visibility and technology.

MARIA AMIDU, LEARNING CONSULTANT

 

Maria has contributed to the early stages of the development of the Web App and Learning Zone, as well as devised and delivered a dedicated schools learning progamme during the Black Chronicles II exhibition season at Rivington Place in 2014, in close collaboration with Autograph ABP outreach coordinator Lucy Keany. As a trained visual artist, Maria is a graduate of  Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. She exhibited nationally and internationally before pursuing a social practice. She has developed site-specific projects and residencies with a number of museums, galleries and organisations. In her capacity as a learning projects programmer, Maria has been commissioned to create innovative workshops and learning resources linked to collections, place and identity; including the Autograph ABP Archive Learning Resource, the Citizen Resource (National Maritime Museum) and components of the DARE CD Rom (Iniva)

Eugenie Dodd, Graphic Designer

 

Eugenie trained as a Graphic Designer and Typographer. Soon after, she opened Typographics – a creative design consultancy providing relevant and effective visual solutions through working in close partnership with clients. Eugenie has collaborated successfully on branding, identity and typographic projects with a wide range of companies in the arts, publishing, public information and the voluntary sector, as well as lecturing and tutoring internationally. Eugenie has worked with Autograph ABP for a few decades now, together establishing the organisation’s brand through their logotype, promotional materials, monographs and exhibitions.

Chris Stokes, Photographer and Videographer

 

Chris is a freelance Photographer based in London. Commercially, he works in portraiture and events, often shooting editorial work for business and charity publications around London. Chris has worked closely with Autograph ABP since 2014 and has been involved with The Missing Chapter collective to document their talks and events, producing several videos showcasing their work and progress. Chris’s private practice often examines absurdities in the mundane. He is currently undertaking a project to document the rapid gentrification of parts of London and the subsequent displacement of existing communities in the process.

Image credits: Tintype portraits were taken by photographers Riccardo Cavallari and Jacopo Emiliani, at Rivington Place between Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2016. Find out more about the Tintype Sessions.

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