Margaret Mitchell's: Connection and Representation (An Ordinary Eden)
Connection and Representation
Margaret will discuss her recent body of work ‘An Ordinary Eden’ which premiered in a solo exhibition at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow and contemplates the universal need to belong, lay roots, and be connected to people and place. Carried out over four years, the project considered issues around housing, home and belonging, reflecting on the experiences of the individuals and how society responds. Within this, Margaret will discuss the questions on care, compassion and dignity which arose.
Margaret will also give an overview of, and motivations within, her general work over the past 30 years including her recently finished ‘As The Day Closes’ which gives insight into stories of individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Margaret Mitchell is a Scottish photographer based in Glasgow. Her work ranges from exploring communities and children’s worlds to projects on the individual and society. Connection, ethics, and sincerity sit at the heart of her approach with photography that bridges both psychological and social concerns. Her imagery explores the intricacies and complexities of people’s lives with a particular emphasis on place and belonging.
She has exhibited widely including at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (2017 & 2022) and at the National Portrait Gallery, London as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (2014 & 2022). Work has been acquired for the permanent collections of the National Galleries of Scotland, the Martin Parr Foundation, and the University of Stirling. Her book ‘Passage’ (Bluecoat Press, 2021) reflects on the nature of disadvantage and privilege in a study over three generations. Recognition includes the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award (2022: Honourable Mention), the Sony World Photography Awards (2018, Contemporary Issues, 2nd) and the Royal Photographic Society IPE (2017, 1st). She was elected onto the Hundred Heroines initiative and is a member of the Document Scotland collective and Women Photograph.
She works both on personal projects and commissions and work has featured in the Guardian, De Correspondent, and the New Statesman amongst others.
Our objective is to facilitate the celebration, education & collaboration of female & female-identifying photographers.
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