Mario Cravo Neto: A Serene Expectation of Light
Autograph ABP proudly presents A Serene Expectation of Light, the first solo exhibition in the UK by the late Mario Cravo Neto (b. 1947 – d. 2009).
One of the most important and influential contemporary Brazilian photographers, Cravo Neto originally trained as a sculptor and only took up photography seriously after a car accident in 1975 left him bedridden for a year. Throughout his photographic career, Cravo Neto was fascinated by the complex cultural heritage of Bahia in the northeast of Brazil, the point of entry for millions of African slaves between the 16th and 19th century. His imagery is deeply steeped in the religion of Candomblé – an Afro-Brazilian form of worship practiced by Cravo Neto – which finds its origins in traditional West African Yoruba culture.
Maud Sulter: Syrcas
An installation of the sixteen original photomontages ofSyrcas, a seminal body of work created by Maud Sulter
(b. 1960 – d. 2008) during the early 1990s.
Sulter was an influential visual artist, poet, playwright and curator of Scottish-Ghanaian descent. Throughout her career and across different media, Sulter has questioned the lack of representation of black women in the histories of art and photography, and critically investigated the complex experiences of the African diaspora in European history and culture over the past six hundred years.