Heather Agyepong

Based in London, Heather Agyepong is a British photographer, visual artist and performer. Since 2009, she has published, performed and exhibited around the UK and internationally.

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Revolving around the themes of mental health, invisibility, the diaspora, and the archive, her art is intended to create a ‘cathartic experience’ for herself and the viewer. Adopting the technique of ‘re-imagination’, much of Heather’s work looks to the past, opening up overlooked narratives and critically examining prevailing versions of history.  

Heather’s 2016 series Too Many Blackamoors was inspired by a 19th century Carte-de-visite of Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta, the West African adopted goddaughter of Queen Victoria, who came to live in England at a young age. In the work, Heather incorporates techniques including Rosy Martin and Jo Spence’s ‘Re-enactment Phototherapy’, alongside her own experience as a “young Black woman, dealing with the macro and micro traumas of racism encountered while travelling around European countries.” 

Heather was a nominee for the South Bank Sky Arts Breakthrough Award 2018 and awarded the Firecracker Photographic Grant 2020. More recently, she was selected as part of Foam Talent 2021, Jerwood/Photoworks Award 2022 and The Photographers Gallery New Talent Award 2021.

Heather has also been nominated for the Prix Pictet and the Foam Paul Huf Award several times. Her work exists in a number of collections including Autograph ABP, Centre national des arts plastiques, Hyman Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and Mead Art Museum.

Photo London 2022

Open to the public from 12th - 15th May, this year’s Photo London will bring together some of the most groundbreaking work in contemporary photography, as well as paying tribute to the pioneers of the past....

Interview image: From the exhibition A Pciture of Health, Heather Agyepong is dressed in a white dress holding hands with someone behind the camera, the image is sepia toned.

Here. I. Am.

Hundred Heroines (virtually) sits down with mix-media artist Heather Agyepong to discuss her photographs, agency and mental health...

FORMAT21 Exhibition

FORMAT21

FORMAT festival is back for another year featuring virtual galleries and talks from Heroines....

From the exhibition of A Picture of Health, a woman with big jazzy sunglasses is clunching a black and blue feather boa around her head, she's wearing large novelty rings.

A Picture of Health

A Picture of Health explores the roles of the hidden self, trauma, environment and care, within the wider narratives of health and wellbeing, with work by Anna Fox and Heather Agyepong....

Heather Agyepong

Heather Agyepong

Photographer Heather Agyepong reimagines historical and cultural figures to explore themes of mental health, invisibility, the diaspora and the archive....

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