Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole // Honest Portrait

Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole // Honest Portrait

Opening Friday 8th March from 5-8 pm
The exhibition runs 8th March – 21st April

Honest portrait examines the truth behind photographic portraiture. Historically, photography has been highly regarded as an honest form of documenting and recording our existence and surroundings. The most legible accounts of significant events in the previous 100 years and beyond have been recorded in photographic terms and these photographs are accepted as facts. In this current age, where most humans have access to photography and ever too often are aware of how it is possible to manipulate this entrusted medium Agunbiade-Kolawole explores how to make an honest portrait, or if that’s at all possible.

Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole (b.1988 Nigeria) lives and works between Stockholm and London. Her work utilises both lens and non-lens based photography, and these manifest themselves in a variety of outputs such as installations, performances, prints and moving image. She received her MFA from the Royal Institute of Fine Art, Stockholm, spent a year at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris and completed her BA in Photography at Kingston University.

She was selected as a British ambassador for UK/CHINA 400, an exchange of future leaders, China, 2009; Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project Summer Academy, UK, 2010; Multiplicidade festival, Brazil, 2013; artist-in-residence for Becontree Hundred, part of the 2012 Olympic games cultural legacy in 2015; Brucebo travel grant and Artist Residency at the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, Abisko in 2017. Agunbiade-Kolawole’s work has been shown at, amongst others, the Nigerian High Commission, London; Thielska Gallery, Tate Britain, Centre Pompidou, Färgfabrikan, Konstakademin, Växjö Konsthall and Loyal Gallery.