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Kate Stanworth and Mark Aitken

In June, Photo-Forum will focus on the concept of home and identity; how we both imprint ourselves on the spaces we occupy and how those spaces, in turn, define us. Both currently working on projects around this subject, Kate Stanworth and Mark Aitken will be joining us for an evening of exploring our relationships with “home”: from personal experiences of homes under threat to the story of a group finding identity through community.

Kate Stanworth is a documentary and portrait photographer from London. Her work is concerned with how people negotiate issues such as poverty, migration, cultural identity and belonging while striving to retain their hopes, dreams and sense of autonomy.

She has a degree in Fine Art from Norwich School of Art, and an MA in Art Theory from Goldsmiths. She worked as a Picture Editor for an International NGO before launching her own photography career working for magazines and newspapers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Kate will be sharing work from the projects ‘All Year We Dream of February’ - which depicts a group of carnival dancers in Buenos Aires as they find identity and hope against the backdrop of domestic life in a working class neighbourhood – as well as her project ‘Somaliland Summer’ a portrait series about British Somalis as they spend a summer exploring their cultural heritage in their homeland.

Mark Aitken was born in New Zealand and raised in South Africa before coming to the UK to study art. Now a photographer and lecturer at Goldsmiths University and Central St Martins, Mark will be sharing work from his Arts Council England supported project ‘Sanctum Ephemeral’.

‘Sanctum Ephemeral’ is a portrait series depicting residents living on Cressingham Gardens Housing Estate, Brixton. Lambeth Council has proposed the building of new public and private owned housing with Cressingham Gardens earmarked for demolition. As both an artist and resident, Mark has been engaged with the project since September 2015. Mark says “The photographs are an exploration of how home as a repository of memory defines identity. We define our homes. Our homes define us.”

The project will be exhibited within the estate itself and will be on show throughout June as a part of the London Festival of Architecture.