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Home Is Not A Place

Home Is Not A Place

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It has been on show in Pitts’ hometown of Sheffield at the Graves Gallery, and at the Stills Gallery in Edinburgh. com and author of Afropean: Notes from Black Europe, Pitts spent more than a decade documenting the Black experience in Europe. Realised as I was reading this that I’d seen the accompanying exhibition at the Photographers Gallery. The Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship is a collaboration between The Ampersand Foundation and Photoworks, supported by Arts Council England.

I could go on and on, but the long and short of it is, I believe home can be anywhere, even on the road, on your way to nowhere or to anywhere. This exhibition is infused with the Japanese architectural ideas of the ‘personal utopia’; a haven where one seeks respite from the difficulties of the outside world. What is it like to be black in Britain today, particularly if you live outside of the urban, metropolitan centres? In the back part of the gallery, Pitts presents a room suggestive of a private space, quiet and contemplative.Objects from his multicultural working-class home in Sheffield – family recordings from VHS tapes, furniture, ornaments and collections of books – are treated as relics. Home is where we are able to thrive, without the pressure to, in fact, home is a gentle voice saying, “Take your time, no pressure. While I may be at my home in Florida, the feeling I get when I watch the sun go down is a feeling of tranquility, and that to me is what home really is.

Home is knowing greatness dwells within us, and therefore we dwell in greatness…and that greatness is our home. The founder of the online journal and author of Afropean: Notes from Black Europe, Mr Pitts spent more than a decade documenting the black experience in Europe.He has been commissioned by The National Trust, London Open House, BBC, National Portrait Gallery and Theatre Royal Stratford East (where he was also Associate Artist).

Leaving London, they followed the River Thames east towards Tilbury, where the Empire Windrush docked in 1948.Johny Pitts' Afropean: Notes from Black Europe was published last year to critical acclaim, and was recently awarded the 2020 Jhalak Prize.

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