Heather Agyepong is a photographer and visual artist who reimagines historical and cultural figures to explore themes of mental health, invisibility, the diaspora and the archive. Work from two of Heather’s projects are being featured in exhibitions over the coming months.
Too Many Blackamoors takes inspiration from Sara Fobes Bonetta, an Egbado princess who became Queen Victoria’s goddaughter after being liberated from slavery. Heather dons Victorian dress to explore her experiences with racism and the stereotypes that entrap Black women. Too Many Blackamoors is currently part of Mead Art Museum’s Starting Something New: Recent Contemporary Art Acquisitions and Gifts exhibition and will be part of the A Different Mirror exhibition for Photo Oxford Festival from 16th October.
Wish You Were Here is inspired by vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker, who challenged the problematic caricatures of Black performers during the turn of the twentieth century. Heather embodies Walker to claim back power over the way Black women are depicted and to champion the importance of self-worth for mental health. Photographs from Wish You Were Here are currently being featured in the Hundred Heroine’s online Cabinet of Remedies exhibition and is part of the Photo Fringe 2020: Open20 Shortlist.
all images © Heather Agyepong