Revival, London 1989-1993
Location: The Exhibition Space, 2nd Floor, The Library at Willesden Green
Dates: 18 March 2022 – 29 May 2022
Revival presents the documentary work made by Roy Mehta in Brent thirty years ago. As a way of exploring the diversity and changing nature of Brent, he captured photographs in Harlesden and Willesden between 1989-1993. Roy Mehta has been working with photography as an artist, educator and commercial photographer for over 30 years. His work has been specifically concerned with ideas around cultural identity and belonging, reflecting his own background, his parents originated from India and settled in Wembley in the 1960’s. Recently rediscovered, many of the Revival images have never been on public display.
The exhibition beautifully explores the borough’s rich community history through culture, faith and heritage. Amongst the photographs are portraits of individuals, groups, landscapes and interiors. Digital versions have become a permanent part of Brent Museum and Archives collection. Gallerist and writer Laura Noble has specially curated the exhibition for The Exhibition Space. In January 2021 Hoxton Mini Press published a photobook with introductory text from Autograph’s director Mark Sealy and novelist Caryl Phillips to accompany the exhibition.