The new exhibition, Photographing Protest: Resistance through a feminist lens, focuses on the perspectives of women and non-binary photographers over decades of protests to pose a challenge to the male-dominated history of demonstrations.
From sit-ins to street theatre, candlelight vigils to deportation campaigns, the exhibition showing at Four Corners gallery, foregrounds the work of activist photographers for whom the acts of witnessing and participating in protest are intrinsically linked.
It opens with rarely seen images by Sally Fraser, who captured the defining social movements of the 1968 era such as the fiery beginnings of the Women’s Liberation movement, and leads on to the protests of the 1980s and 1990s, such as the Greenham Common women’s peace camps and Reclaim the Night marches, taken by the all-women photo agency Format.
Alongside these, the exhibition explores a new generation of photographers, including The Independent contributor Angela Christofilou, who are engaging with contemporary struggles, such as anti-racism, LGBTQI+ community rights and climate justice among others, to ask how feminist protest photography can be an agent for today’s political change.
The Photographing Protest: Resistance through a feminist lens exhibition is showing at Four Corners in Bethnal Green from 18 March–30 April 2022 and is free.