Habitus: Potential Realities


Rule, Britannia!

Britannia, rule the waves.
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.

FROM THE WORKS OF JAMES THOMSON, 1763

A series of twelve self-portraits by artist Heather Agyepong exploring the potentiality of British values in a new Europe.

At this time of uncertainty, the work poses questions about what has been learnt during the two years since the EU referendum and about our capacity for change. The project has been informed by young Brighton & Hove residents. 73% of young people voted remain and studies show an increased feeling of anxiety within this group since the June 2016 result.

Born out of her personal frustration at the referendum, Agyepong seeks empowerment by positively imagining what the future might hold.

Britannia is a British cultural icon personified as a goddess. Agyepong’s optimistic re-imagination depicts a new set of values that she hopes are relevant to us all.

Commissioned by Photoworks for Brighton Photo Biennial 2018

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Jubilee Library: Photoworks Biennial 2018

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