leeds: talk with les monaghan and lily miles, 26th jan ’22

Originally planned to speak for us before lockdown, we are pleased to finally have northern photographers Les Monaghan and Lily Miles talking about their socially engaged photography work and the processes they go through in making it.

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Wednesday 26th January, 2022. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm 

Headrow House (Redondo Beach Bar second floor), Leeds

Free Entry

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Les Monaghan

‘I am interested in class, community, and representation. I make difficult photographs with people I represent often after long term engagement, listening and reflecting. Previously a press photographer schooled in unambiguous imagery, I have deconstructed the documentary method through successive projects; staging photographs with migrants in assimilation (2006 – 2008) and A Dream of Doncaster (2016), working with text and portraits on Aspirations Doncaster (2014) and The Desire Project (2015 – 2016); fictionalising documentary with A Series of Dislocating Events (2011 – 2014); and collaboration with Relative Poverty (2016 – 2019). Works are often shown on a large scale engaging directly with the public.’

Seen and not heard collects together examples from five recent visual projects by Les Monaghan that allow us to hear the voices of each of those portrayed.

Hearing the individual voices in each of these projects reminds us how little we hear these same voices in our national conversation, orchestrated as it is by vested interests. These representatives of our children, refugees, destitute and homeless would seem to be whom Karl Marx was speaking of when he said ‘They cannot represent themselves; they must be represented.’ Yet, look closer and you see (and hear) everyday people, you and I, all of us, the majority who live in this world. Who, then, represents us in 2020? Do we have our own voice? Are we heard?

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www.relativepoverty.org

@lesmonaghan

Lily Miles

Lily Miles is a photographer from South Yorkshire currently based in Cardiff. Her work to date has specialised in Documentary Storytelling with a primary focus on exploring the visual depiction of societal taboos. Lily targets her practice to genuinely represent the people photographed by putting herself at the heart of these stories. Equal weight is given to both how the story is told and how Lily configures its visual expression. Her series ‘Pink to Make the Boys Wink’ is a documentation of a local Sheffield brothel, ran by women. The project emerged from a desire to understand the choice of work that supports these working women. Miles graduated from Bath Spa University in 2019 and has since gone on to win Fotonow’s South West Graduate Photography Prize and in doing so is completing a residency with Fotonow this year.

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www.lilymiles.co.uk

@lilymilesphotographic

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Wednesday 26th January, 2022. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm 

Headrow House (Redondo Beach Bar second floor), Leeds

Free Entry

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