Photographer Alice Marcelino will present two bodies of work in the galleries of Canterbury Christ Church University this Spring.
The Daphne Oram Gallery will present selected works from Love to Remember, her series documenting the rituals and traditions of African Caribbean funerals in south London.
Alice has been invited to attend and photograph funerals held within these churches over a number of years and the resulting images play an important part in marking these events as a way to celebrate the life that was lost and the legacy that endures.
As Alice explains: “Even though the funerals are very emotional occasions, the remembrance of happier days, the laughter about life situations, and the songs that will guide the soul to the promised land, create inspirational and unique moments.”
As many of the churches were established by the Windrush generation, Alice notes:
Most surprisingly, to photograph these social events became a history lesson of the endurance of the lives of those who departed their motherland to make their contribution to the British Empire, and nevertheless facing social prejudice, raised families and created communities; those who have contributed greatly to the cultural richness of English society.
Alice Marcelino (b 1980, Luanda, Angola) is a London-based photographer. She lives and works between London and Lisbon.
Alice Marcelino graduated from the East London University in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Photography and is currently completing an MA in Digital Media at the Goldsmiths University in London.
Her work explores culture, tradition, migration, and identity reflecting on their significance in our ever-changing globalized world.
There will be a reception for this exhibition on Saturday, March 12th from 12 – 5 PM. Alice Marcelino will give a talk at 3 PM in the Daphne Oram. Her parallel exhibition Black Skin White Algorithm will also be open that afternoon.
The exhibition will be open from March 8 – April 29. The show is open to students and staff during normal campus opening times. Members of the public can visit from Tuesday – Friday between 12-5, or by appointment. Please note, that the gallery will not be open on Good Friday.
This exhibition is part of the CCCU’s Black History 365 programme.