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“When Blackness is so often equated as ‘other’, for me, it is essential to offer an alternative narrative of empowerment.”  Sharon Walters

Sharon Walters London-based artist will be presenting her first solo exhibition, Seeing Ourselves, at MAC. The show features many of the artist’s intricate paper cut pieces that unapologetically celebrate and uplift Black women beyond the monolith, emphasising the importance of being seen and heard.

Seeing Ourselves features a mixture of photographic sources, including the artist’s own photographs of female friends, magazine clippings, found and donated images, to create highly crafted hand-assembled works. Walters rarely applies self-portraiture, however for this exhibition she has made a new largescale, sculptural work, Beneath the Surface (2022) encased within a light box structure. This piece draws on the artist’s fascination with nature and the extent to which green spaces are racialised and her growing confidence to be seen. 

The right to ‘take up space’ in places not often seen is at the root of Walters’ artistic practice. At its heart, Seeing Ourselves is an insight into her experiences as a Black British woman and a conscious decision to reframe, to look deeper and reclaim agency through art. 

Original hand-assembled collages and papercuts by Sharon Walters are available to purchase via MAC, please email VisualArts@macbirmingham.co.uk for more information. 

Limited edition prints can be purchased directly from the online shop on Sharon Walters' website.

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Presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Special thanks to Arts Council England, players of People's Postcode Lottery and Geoff Sims Photography Bursary for their support of this exhibition.

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