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The new exhibition Photographing Protest: Resistance through a feminist lens focuses on the perspectives of women and non-binary photographers across decades of protests to challenge the male-dominated history of the demonstrations.

From sit-ins to street theatre, candlelight vigils to deportation campaigns, the exhibition at Gallery Four Corners spotlights the work of activist photographers for whom witnessing and protest participation are inextricably linked.

It begins with rarely seen images by Sally Fraser, who captured the defining social movements of the 1968 era, such as the fiery beginnings of the women’s liberation movement, and moves on to the protests of the 1980s and 1990s, such as the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camps and Reclaim the Night Marches shot by all-women photo agency Format.

Alongside this, the exhibition explores a new generation of photographers, including The Independent Co-author Angela Christofilou, who explores current struggles such as anti-racism, LGBTQI+ community rights and climate justice, among others, to ask how feminist protest photography can be a vehicle for today’s political change.

Women’s Liberation March, London, 1971

(Sally Fraser)

Photographer Pam Isherwood is dragged along at a protest to mark International Disarmament Day in 1983

(Maggie Murray)

Kill the Bill protest in May 2021

(Bex Wade)

Part of the Hackney Flashers’ documentary photo project, Who’s Holding the Baby?, which showed the lack of child care and the impact it is having on women’s lives. The image was featured in the 1979 exhibition Three Perspectives on Photography at the Hayward Gallery

(Maggie Murray)

1975 TUC Women’s Rally

(Sally Greenhill)

Trans rights protest in London on July 4th 2020

(Angela Christofilou)

Youth CND demo on May 7, 1983

(Jenny Mathews)

In February 1988, nurses went on strike outside Bart’s Hospital in London, striking over low wages, unfair pay structures and unsustainable working conditions

(Maggie Murray)

People protesting outside Yarl’s Wood immigration center in 2015

(Angela Christofilou)

Rebecca Johnson was arrested at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in 1984

(Jenny Matthews)

Reclaim the Night protest on January 20, 1979

(Angela Phillips)

the Photographing protest: resistance through a feminist lens The exhibition runs from 18 March to 30 April 2022 at the Four Corners in Bethnal Green and is free.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/photography/protest-photography-feminist-social-political-photos-b2037108.html Photographing protest: resistance through a feminist lens

Russell Falcon

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