ODE TO OAKLANDS
In 1990s Oakland, USA, the young population was introduced to its own media portrayal. Artist, Suzanne Lacey, embarked on a 10 year journey towards media literacy, awarding the youth of Oakland its own voice. In 2020 Central Manchester, myself and a group of fellow creatives revisited the Oaklands legacy. In collaboration with the Whitworth Gallery and Manchester Academy's drama group, we began conversations into todays media and how it influences identity. The project was transfigured due to the Covid-19 outbreak, providing reason to shift focus onto increasingly prominent online identities.
WHITWORTH WORKSHOPS 35MM
Our communication with Manchester Academy soon depleted and lockdown began in the UK. We devised proposals for self-portraits to be completed at home by the group but were unable to contact the students. The proposal was then opened to submissions from young people all over the country to be featured in our publication. We considered authorship and authenticity in framing identity.
Publication by Millie Throp, contributions enclosed
Images: Millie Throp, Tommy Marley
Images: Ellie Kidger