18 Nov 2021—21:00
Photography and Social Activism
Anthony Luvera works with individuals and groups of people who are often seen as marginalised, excluded and overly spoken for, inviting them to speak out about their experiences, and the systems and services that shape their everyday lives. Through long-term collaborative projects, he has worked with a wide range of people, including individuals with experiences of mental health issues; people with addiction problems; homeless people or individuals who have experienced homelessness; children from lower socio-economic households; and people who identify as LGBTQ+.
The drive that propels all of the artist's work is to use the skills and resources he is able to access and organize to shake up preconceptions, and, in doing so, lobby for change by critically enquiring into issues of access, power, representation, and social justice. Anthony’s talk, ‘Photography and Social Activism’, will draw upon a selection of projects to draw out how issues of representation, visibility, collaboration, and community activism have driven the long-term collaborative projects he has undertaken for almost twenty years.
Documentation of the making of Assisted Self-Portrait of Ben Evans from Assembly (2013-2014) © Anthony Luvera
Anthony Luvera is an Australian artist, writer and educator based in London. His photographic work has been exhibited widely in galleries, public spaces and festivals, including Tate Liverpool, The Gallery at Foyles, the British Museum, London Underground’s Art on the Underground, National Portrait Gallery London, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography, PhotoIreland, Malmö Fotobiennal, Goa International Photography Festival, and Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie.
His writing appears regularly in a wide range of publications including Photoworks, Source and Photographies. Anthony is Associate Professor of Photography in the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities at Coventry University, and editor of Photography For Whom?, a periodical about socially engaged photography.
Anthony is Chair of the Education Committee at the Royal Photographic Society. He has designed education and mentorship programmes, facilitated workshops, and given lectures for the public education departments of National Portrait Gallery, Tate, Magnum, Royal Academy of Arts, The Photographers’ Gallery, Photofusion, Barbican Art Gallery, and community photography projects across the UK.