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Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 'Ethan McMurdo as monk, St. Ronan's games festival, Innerleithen, Scotland on 19th July 2014.
Wendy McMurdo, Young Girl (iii) from 'Let's Go to a Place' 2016
Yvette Monahan, from the series The Thousand Year Old Boy'

Once again, Genesis are delighted to support Photo50 at London Art Fair. Entitled Gravitas’, this year’s edition is curated by Christiane Monarchi, founding editor of the online magazine Photomonitor. The annual, guest-curated exhibition provides a critical showcase of some of the most innovative and distinctive elements of contemporary photographic practice.

Gravitas’ is inspired by the Latin word denoting depth of character’ or solemnity’, and associated with the transition of the ancient Roman youth from boyhood to adult life. The 50 works, by 13 photographic and lens-based artists, presented in Photo50 provide a window into the worlds of adults-in-waiting, framing fleeting moments in their development between childhood and maturity with lived experience and memory. Potential narratives encompass a vast range of themes including identity formation, play, mental health, obesity, LGBT* culture, masculinity and femininity, role models, as well as looking at subcultures and the impact of the connected world on teenage experience.

As diverse in form as they are in subject, portraits feature heavily alongside landscape and group shots, with video installation, wallpaper, drawings and diptych prints also included. The majority of these works are being exhibited for the first time in London, and there are a number of UK and world exclusives.

Christiane Monarchi says: It is fascinating to consider the many forces shaping the interior world of children and adolescents as they enter the adult world today, as portrayed by this selection of lens-based artists. I’m interested in the simultaneous endeavour of older photographers looking in on adolescence from the outside, while other younger artists are reflecting on this formative period in life having recently emerged from it.’

Gravitas’ is supported by Genesis Imaging and will be located within London Art Fair on Gallery Level 2.


Photo50 2017 Exhibited Artists:

Madison Blackwood

Brontë 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

London Art Fair 2017:

18 – 22nd January 2017

Business Design Centre,
52 Upper Street,
N1 0QH

Visit the London Art Fair Website