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24TH MAY

6PM - 8PM

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Monday to Sunday

 12PM – 5PM

‘Checkin’ Out Me Roots’ is a project inspired by poem ‘Checking Out Me History’ by John Agard. He uses literature to challenge the white British history he was fed. The poem evoked my response to evaluate the failure of the UK’s educational system for black citizens, how it bleaches down history. I feel as a race we are ignorant to a lot of significant events and truths of the past. Knowing this left me feel ignorant of my own identity. Traditionally, in families of black decent, there is an importance of knowing where you came from and the struggles that those before you endured. These are our roots. Our Roots help us carve out identity our people. Checkin’ Out Me Roots uses a self-portraiture and pictures taken in various locations in my home city Nottingham to expose the presence of history that I feel, showing it can be anywhere.

Instagram: @robins.eye.view

The Jekyll Collection

Thomas Stritch

My work aims to be in a depth personal explorative project, whereby I will unearth my personal demons and problems and try to represent them through a pictorial form. Each piece within my project then as a result will for a collection to inform the viewer about my own issues, fears, worries and mental health. The project comprises of digital and hand stitched images using some mixed media to really allow me to add extra depth and layers too my work that I cannot replicate with only a print. The multi-layered pieces will try to represent how easily multiple layers of life stack up and can get on top of you and the before you know you’re lost in the madness. These pieces of work are my escape from madness, my representation without the use of words to explain how life has affected my existence for better or worse. For self-study my work has been influenced heavily by such photographers as Francesca Woodman, Nathaniel Jones and Bill Brandt. My work aims to invoke you to take apart the images I’ve created piece by piece and try and relate them to your own existence because everyone has suffered at some point, it’s just your choice how you present your pain. Power from pain. Pain from power.

Email: tomstritch157@gmail.com

Instagram: @tsjimages