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Talk – Felicity Allen

Saturday 21 August 2021

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This event takes place at Ikon Gallery 
Free, suggested donation £5
Online booking closes at 4pm on Saturday 21 August

Felicity Allen reflects on her work Baby II (1989) originally exhibited in Mothers (1990) and currently on display in A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s. In the Mothers catalogue, Allen states: “The work comes from my discussions with and observations of, mothers and ‘non-mothers’ (both male and female), rather than from an autobiographical stance; the photographic work directly represents our cultural ambivalence towards babies.” 

Allen outlines her collaborative practice, producing work in various forms, from painting, writing, print, film and pedagogy as media. She considers her relationship to the studio, as a social and institutional site, in relation to her new digital video Figure to Ground – a site losing its system(2020, commissioned by the research project People Like You: Contemporary Figures of Personalisation). The work is situated in Ramsgate, a port in Kent that has a long history as a significant point of entry and departure to England. It is the constituency which came close to electing Nigel Farage as a UKIP MP in 2015, the year before it voted strongly in favour of Brexit. It is also the entry point of St Augustine who brought Christianity to England in 597.

This event is part of The Migrant Festival 2021.