In her first ever UK solo exhibition, Human Stories: Circa No Future, West Indian photographer Nadia Huggins will showcase an array of spectacular photography exploring the relationship and boundaries between land and sea.
Incredibly shot on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, all material for the body of work captures the uncharted connection between adolescence and the freedom of the sea, while personifying the ocean and bringing it vividly to life.
The awe-inspiring exhibition will be showcased at North Greenwich’s NOW Gallery and is part of the Human Stories series, an annual photographic display that presents and explores contemporary life and the human scale.
What’s more, Trinidad and Tobago-based writer Melanie Archer and St. Vincent and the Grenadines-based teacher, William Abbott, have produced a series of critical essays to adjoin and enhance the exhibition.
Nadia Huggins said: “Believing there to be a link between an under-explored aspect of Caribbean adolescent masculinity and the freedom of bodies in the ocean, I have decided to creatively document boys’ interaction with the sea. These pieces capture manhood, snippets of vulnerability and moments of abstraction, that often go unrecognized in the day-to-day. The ocean itself takes on a personality – that of the embracing mother providing a safe space for being – which is both archetypal and poignant.
“I am as much a subject as the boys for whom I provide solace. The boys climb a large rock, proving their manhood through endurance, fearlessly jump, and become submerged in a moment of innocent unawareness. They emerge having proven themselves. The relationship between myself and the subject is also explored within this paradigm. The subjects are aware of me while posturing but lose this cognizance when they sink into the water. It is this moment that tells the true story.”
NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ
4 October – 10 November 2019
Entry to the exhibition is free; nowgallery.co.uk