In this three-day workshop, a group of Islington young people explored their stories of grief and hope through photography and collage, with interdisciplinary artist R.I.P. Germain.

"We were given a lot of independence and creative freedom. We were allowed to direct our own pieces completely and receive reliable constructive criticism."

"Really enjoyed it! Lots of support from the people teaching me."

"I learnt how to use photos I've taken and give them a meaning. Photos have a big impact and are important in expressing ideas and telling stories."

Through dialogue, photography and collage, the group worked together to explore experiences of loss that have resulted from the events of recent months. In a safe space, they discussed the systems that perpetuate racial injustice, and the movements that counter it. What are some of the different forms of grief? What have we lost, individually and collectively? How can we make sense of our experiences through visual storytelling?

This project was a collaboration between Cubitt's Curatorial Fellows Languid Hands and Institute of Anything, our young people's programme.  R.I.P. Germain's exhibition, Dead Yard, takes place in the autumn as part of Languid Hands' programme No Real Closure.

The workshop took place at Lift Youth Hub, 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW

Contact Lydia at [email protected] for more information.

Institute of Anything is our young people's programme. Young people work alongside contemporary artists, develop skills and make friends. It’s called Institute of Anything because anything is possible. We support young people to take their art practice in new directions.

This project was commissioned as part of Islington's Summerversity and Launchpad programme, and was supported by Islington Council.

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