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Britain Retold - Portrait of London - City Hall

Portrait of London

Exhibition preview

BRITAIN Retold – Portrait of London, a photographic exhibition by Sara Shamsavari, will be on display in City Hall from December 13, 2010 to January 4, 2011.

Britain Retold is a body of work which reveals individual perspectives on British identity and how it is perceived within the country’s most international, rapidly changing city, London.

A range of viewpoints are presented from diverse cultural backgrounds and are brought together to form an exhibition in an aim to create a singular voice. This acts as a combined reflection of the diversity and freedom of speech that unites them as citizens co-existing within London today.

The exhibition consists of intimate portraits that incorporate the symbolism of the Union Jack, which as an object presents its own positve and negative connotations. These are juxtaposed with statements, forming a strategy by which we can explore and challenge the viewer’s past and current interpretations of what it is to be British.

Britain Retold seeks to open a platform that allows the multi communities in London to begin redefining what it means to be British, moving toward being wholly inclusive and allowing new associations to exist alongside tradition.

Portrait of London

Sara Shamsavari is an Iranian born, London-based visual artist and musician whose vibrant and emotive images have been described as “revealing a unique empathy with her subjects” and carrying “acute socio-political messages.”

Working in the discourse of social documenary, Sara’s photographic work explores issues around identity and social justice and are inspired by the central principles of equality, a belief in the strength of unity in diversity, and love as a driving force.

The artist’s work has been exhibited in London, New York, Hong Kong and Paris in galleries, museums and public spaces including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Selfridges and Co, Espace Pierre Cardin (Studio 55), The Powerhouse Arena and Danny Simmon’s Corridor Gallery.

Her work and profile have featured in numerous publications including i-D, Let Them Eat Cake and Grafik.

With a belief that artists should be leaders in social and spiritual progress, Sara’s endeavour is to empower the participants of her work and in doing this, encourage a transformation in the way people view society and themselves.

Times: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 6pm, Friday 8.30am to 5pm.

City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA