Photo50 is London Art Fair’s annual exhibition of contemporary photography, providing a critical forum for examining some of the most distinctive elements of current photographic practice. Guest curated each year, it highlights a timely theme in current photography and adds a space and context to the photography presented by galleries at the Fair.
OCCUPY THE VOID
Occupy The Void, was the 14th edition of Photo50 for London Art Fair 2020, guest curated by Laura Noble. The space presented ten female photographers aged over 50. The exhibition explored the vast pool of talented living female photographers aged over 50 and the cultural ‘space’ that they inhabit.
Through the work of ten contemporary female artists working in the UK and internationally, the exhibition interrogated the physical, psychological and ephemeral nature of space and our experience of existing within it, both during our lives and after death.
The exhibition was split into three key themes: how women occupy space; the psychological and personal view of space; and the notion of time and the abstract in space. Viewers were taken on a personal, psychological and spiritual journey, and were invited to reflect on their own lives and to challenge their perceived place within society.
The exhibition reflected on the variety of photographic formats in 2D and 3D, and the diverse traditional and non-traditional materials employed in photography today
Occupy the Void was an inclusive exhibition, presenting both established names and artists in the early stages of their careers, all of which were female and over the age of 50.
Although 85% of women studying photography at university are women, only 15% of the industry is female. Thus Noble provided a platform for a diverse group of artists who are commonly underrepresented in the cultural dialogue, and offered them the opportunity to reclaim their space and the void.
Laura Noble, photographed by ©Chloe Rosser
Photo50 was supported by Photography Focus Day and took place on Friday 24 of January 2020 with a dedicated programme of talks and tours led by practitioners and experts.