Heather Agyepong is a photographer and visual artist who reimagines historical and cultural figures to explore themes of mental health, invisibility, the Black diaspora and the archive.
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.
2021 has proved to be a success for Heather and her Wish You Were Here series. From winning Photo London’s Emerging Photographer of the Year Award 2021, Format Festival21 Open Call Selected Artist and being chosen as one of Foam Talent 21. Heather has also exhibited at Format21, Arnolfini and most recently Bristol Photo Festival 2021.
You can read more about Heather’s work in her own words here.
all images © Heather Agyepong