This is part of the London Festival of Photography.
An exhibition looking at two very different examples of the lengths people go to in pursuit of domestic order. In Domestic Slavery Raphael Dallaporta and Ondine Millot address an often-ignored social wrong that is related to issues of human trafficking: modern slavery. Dallaporta’s cold and stark images of ordinary-looking buildings in and around Paris, shot simply and in the same light, are combined with Ondine Millot’s texts to become chilling portraits of hidden agony.
Across the Atlantic in Brazil, having one or more domestic maids is the norm for middle class families. As the country’s economy booms, larger and more luxurious apartments are springing up and with them a heightened need for maids to keep them clean. However, the women who traditionally take on positions as maids are at the same time becoming increasingly empowered and finding alternative forms of employment. Artist Andre Penteado's project Brazilian Maids presents photographic and video work exploring this “maid problem”, which is currently a hot topic of discussion in Brazil.
Documentary photographer Raphaël Dallaporta, born in France in 1980, has garnered international acclaim for his thoughtful and engaging projects. He is concerned with public issues addressing human rights as well as more symbolic subjects such as the fragility of life. His long term projects which combine text and images are a product of his collaborations with professionals from a wide range of fields. He has worked closely with a landmine clearer (Antipersonnel), a reporter who covers social work as it intersects with the law (Domestic Slavery), forensic pathologist (Fragile) and most recently archeologists (Ruins). Raphael Dallaporta is the winner of the 2010 Young Photographer ICP Infinity Award and FOAM’s 2011 Paul Huf Award. Solo exhibitions include “Raphaël Dallaporta, Protocole” at Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, in 2010, “Autopsy” curated by Kathy Ryan at the New York 2008 Photo Festival, and “Antipersonnel” curated by Martin Parr at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2004, among many others in Europe, Asia and New York. His work is included in the collections of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Fond National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris and the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (MEP), Paris.
Andre Penteado is a Brazilian photographer who has lived and worked in London since 2007. His solo exhibiitons include: Dad's Suicide - Photofusion, London, UK (2011), In Between - Kirk Originals, London, UK (2009), Safari - Conjunto Cultural da Caixa, São Paulo, Brazil (2004).Penteado has also featured in a number of group exhibitions in the UK, Brazil and Argentina. His workhas been featured in publications including The British Journal of Photography, Source Magazine and Time Out. He was recently commission by The Photographer's Gallery for their The World in London project.
Weekend opening times
2-3 June, 10am-2pm
9-10 June, 10am-5pm
16-17 June, 10am-5pm
23-24 June, 10am-2pm
30th June, 10am-2pm
This venue is CLOSED on the 4-5 June bank holiday.