2017’s installment ‘Gravitas‘ presented a group exhibition of lens-based works, curated by Christiane Monarchi. “‘Gravitas’ refers to one of the core personal virtues taken by ancient Roman society as an important part of the expression of a purposeful life, a facet of the ideal and well-rounded citizen. It denoted depth as well as a seriousness and solemnity of character. The presence of gravitas signalled the transition of the Roman youth from the ranks of boyhood to become a respected member of society. Artistic representation of the interior world of children and adolescents as they enter the adult world is fraught with challenges: not least the existence of taboos regarding the portrayal of children in the media under the age of consent. However, at a time when childhood itself comes under increasing pressure from society in many real and virtual arenas, the path through adolescence constitutes a fascinating journey worth illuminating for both artistic and sociological discourse.” – Christiane Monarchi explains the exhibition.
Gravitas artists included Madison Blackwood, Bronte Cordes, Sian Davey, Sophie Green, Frances Kearney, Baptiste Lignel, Anthony Luvera, Melanie Manchot, Wendy McMurdo, Yvette Monahan, Spencer Murphy, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Abbie Trayler-Smith .