Leeds: Girls Girls Girls! With Casey Orr and Nudrat Afza, 28th Feb

The first of this year’s talks in Leeds looks at photographic representations of girls. We have speakers Casey Orr and Nudrat Afza giving us an insight into the creation of their projects surrounding girls and women.

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Weds 28th Feb, 2018. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm.  The Brunswick, Leeds. 

Free Entry.

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Nudrat Afza
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Image credits: (Untitled) 2015 – 2017 © Nudrat Afza, courtesy of the National Science and Media Museum.

City Girls is a two-year photographic project which has captured the passion, commitment and energy of female fans of an English football team.
City Girls (17 November 2017 – June 2018) is an exhibition of photographs by Nudrat Afza, who was immediately drawn to Bradford City’s female supporters after a chance invitation to watch a game revealed a previously unknown world of excitement and emotion. Nudrat, who moved to Bradford from Pakistan in the 1960s said: “In the 1960s and 70s there was a lot of racism on the football terraces in England, so cricket was the game I grew up with and I knew nothing about football.”

However, nearly three years ago Nudrat discovered how much had changed when friends of her daughter invited them to a game. Nudrat said: “It was incredible, but I had no idea what to do. I just sat there and one of the male Asian stewards was looking at me, smiling, because he knew I was so far outside my comfort zone.” But seeing other women cheering, singing and shouting had an enormous impact and gave Nudrat and her friends the idea for a photography project.

City Girls is currently in exhibition at the National Science and Media Museum, 17 November 2017 – June 2018, free entry

Casey Orr

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Saturday Girl is collection of portraits which explore the many playful and powerful ways we express ourselves. It is both a celebration of style and a photographic study of how we experience and use the power that is discovered through becoming visible in the world.

The portraits speak of the undercurrents in culture, the unspoken ways in which we express our values, beliefs, tribe identities and desires and how these things burst forth (whether we intend them to or not) in self-expression.

The pop up portrait studio is photographic studio has been visiting UK cities and towns since 2013. On Saturdays, traditionally a day of meeting and socializing in public spaces, we invite young women to be photographed.

Originally from Delaware, USA, Casey Orr is a photographer, Researcher and Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, UK.

Casey has shown in various galleries in the US (Jen Bekman, New York, the University of the Arts, Philadelphia or San Antonio College Gallery, Texas), as well as in galleries, museums and festivals in the UK including Brighton Photo Biennale 2016 Look15 Liverpool International Photography Festival, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Observer Magazine, The Royal Photographic Society Contemporary Photography Magazine, and (the first time the walls of a prison have been used as a space for art) at HM Prison Leeds.

She considers photography not only as “a tool to document” but also in its poetical relationship to metaphor in a continually changing world. She is also a member of the feminist art collective, F=.

caseyorr.com

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Weds 28th Feb, 2018. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm.  The Brunswick, Leeds. 

Free Entry.

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