Colourism has often been defined as the racial discrimination of individuals based on the tonalities within the colour of their skin
This talk will investigate structural colourism in the history of photographic processes, emphasised through the invention of colour correction cards in the 1950s. These were used by photography labs to calibrate skin tones, shadows and light during the printing process -favouring lighter skin tones, while leaving darker skin tones looking blurred or unidentifiable.
Photographer and activist Angélica Dass will discuss her project Humanae, investigating the chromatic range of human skin tones using a taxonomy adopting the format of the PANTONE® Guide – challenging social classifications of race and colour.
Film and theatre director Nadia Latif will look at how the evolution of cameras and lighting in film have influenced the depiction of black actors, actresses and characters.
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This event explores themes in Autograph’s current exhibitions Lola Flash: [sur]passing and Maxine Walker: Untitled
Arrive at 6:30pm for an opportunity to view the Maxine Walker exhibition. The talk will start at 7pm, and take place in Lola Flash’s exhibition in our ground floor gallery. The talk will end with a Q&A with the audience.
ACCESSIBILITY AT AUTOGRAPH
Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building Rivington Place is an accessible space with a step-free entrance at street level, and a lift to all floors. Unisex, accessible toilets are located on all floors.
This event will take place in our second floor gallery, accessible by a lift and stairs. Seating at the talk is not reserved in advance. If you would like to reserve seating to assist with hearing, visual or any other access needs, please contact us before your visit.
Carers receive a free ticket when they accompany the person they care for. Please contact us to book.
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