In Conversation: Neil Kenlock and Mike Phillips
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9 November 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
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Lia Obi and Olive Morris by Neil Kenlock
Photographer Neil Kenlock discusses his current project, Expectations, with writer and journalist Mike Phillips. On display at Black Cultural Archives in Brixton until 24 October and then Islington Central Library from 30th October - 25th November, Expectations explores notions of black British leadership in the 1960s and ‘70s, including rare prints of key figures such as the formidable anti-discrimination, women's and squatter's rights campaigner Olive Morris, broadcaster, writer and campaigner Darcus Howe, and a historic meeting between the community pioneer Courtney Law and the then Home Secretary, Lord Jenkins.
Neil Kenlock spent the early part of his career working as a freelance and staff photographer for West Indian World newspaper, and other outlets. He took photos of his local community, ranging from campaigners to icons to everyday people. He also captured great moments of celebration and campaigning, which he describes as wanting to take ‘strong’ photos of his community. Today Neil is best known for his powerful ‘KEEP BRITAIN WHITE’ photo, which is a stark reminder of the challenges his community experienced during the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Writer Dr Mike Phillips OBE FRSL, FRSA worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcaster between 1972 and 1983 before becoming a lecturer in media studies at the University of Westminster. Subsequently, he worked as Cross Cultural Curator at the Tate Galleries in Britain, and then as Acting Director of Arts in Tilburg in the Netherlands. He was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship in 1996 for crime fiction, and the OBE in 2006 for services to broadcasting. Best known for his award-winning crime fiction, Mike also co-wrote Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (1998) and London Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain (2001)