Time: 6.30pm - 9pm
Address: Ravensbourne, 6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10
Kajal Nisha Patel is an award-winning photographer, working between the UK and India. She is the founder of Lightseekers social enterprise, which uses photography and storytelling as a platform to learn about and engage with important social issues.
Kajal has exhibited in venues across the UK and internationally, including The Southbank Centre and The Whitechapel Gallery in London, The National Museum of Singapore, Neubacher Shor Contemporary in Toronto and was featured at the 2013 TEDx AshokaU exchange, San Diego.
Her work has been published by The Guardian, The Economist, The Independent and BBC World News. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous grants and prizes, recently winning the Magenta Flash Forward 2014 award for emerging photographers.
Kajal was recently selected as a Magenta Flash Forward 2013 winner.
In January 2012, Kajal was honoured as the recipient for Gammelgaard Monochrome Photography prize fund, for LIGHTSEEKERS; a cross-cultural, participatory photography project she began in 2007.
I work as a photographer between the UK and India. Since 2006, I have documented the British South Asian experience, concentrating on issues around cultural conflict and bereavement, assimilation and the formation of new identities.
My current work documents the decline of textiles manufacturing in Leicester. My mother experience of working in hosiery and garment factories on her arrival to Britain heightened my interest in this subject further. She was employed within Leicestershire burgeoning clothing industry during the 1970, up until the period of industrial decline when mass manufacturing was shifting to China and India.
Whilst my mother was a skilled artisan, she was classed as an immigrant or simple factory worker. My work aims to reveal the sites of labour and the people whose lives are transformed through these changes. More recently, I have been researching colonial and postcolonial histories of the British Raj and its legacy of Indian economic trade.
This event is run in partnership between the RPS and Ravensbourne.
Although this event is free you will need to book a place.
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