A comprehensive, largely unseen archive of photographs, made by Roy Mehta, documenting life in Brent in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The exhibition will take place at the Library at Willesden Green and is curated by Laura Noble.
As part of the exhibition, the photographs will be published in a standalone B&W book called ‘Revival, London 1989 - 1993’, which will be distributed in January 2021 by Hoxton Mini Press. The photobook will begin with a foreword by Mark Sealy, director of Autograph, and accompanying essay by author and playwright Caryl Phillips.
Ten prints from the collection have been chosen by curator Ralph Goetz to be part of ‘Facing Britain’, a new show opening in Germany next year about the history of British documentary photography.
Roy Mehta is a photographer who grew up in Kenton. Going to art school in Surrey in the late 1980s made him more curious about where he was from - he began documenting life in Harlesden and became particularly interested in religious activities. The project went on for five years and he took over 3000 photos. With support from the Brent 2020 Culture Fund, he is now revisiting the project with students from the College of North West London.
Revival: The Brent Collection is supported by Brent 2020's Culture Fund, Arts Council England, Spectrum and Stever Warner Retoucher.