Old Compton St

‘Pride Augmented' Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Flo Brooks, Emanuel de Carvalho, Guendalina Cerruti, Bernice Mulenga, Ebun Sodipo

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We are delighted to announce 'Pride Augmented: A Celebration of Queer Art', an outdoor exhibition in collaboration with Snapchat. Powered by Snap’s AR technology, the exhibition showcases the work of six artists from the LGBTQ+ community, beautifully displayed on iconic buildings across one of London’s most famous thoroughfares, Old Compton Street.

Curated by V.O Curations, the exhibition includes the works of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Flo Brooks, Emanuel de Carvalho, Guendalina Cerruti, Bernice Mulenga and Ebun Sodipo. To enter Pride Augmented, visitors can use the Snapchat camera to scan a rainbow-splashed Snapcode which will reveal their virtual tour guide – “The Orb” – who’ll direct visitors through the AR exhibition. Developed by Snap’s AR studio, their City Landmarker technology will enable Snapchatters to view the works and discover the inspiration behind each artist, while transforming a historic corner of the capital into an immersive celebration of pride and the LGBTQ+ community. The exhibition represents V.O and SnapPride’s mission to build a strong LGBTQ+ community and educate allies.

To view the exhibition, download the Snapchat app, scan the scancode located on 68 Old Compton Street and follow the orb around. The experience is available from 2 July- 14 August.

Artists Biographies

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist working in animation, sound, performance and video games to communicate the experiences of being a Black Trans person. Their practice focuses on recording the lives of people from the community, and intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell Trans stories.

Black queer and Trans people have often been erased from the history books. So, Danielle records “History of Trans people both living and past”: their work can be seen as an archive for the future; not only recording the community’s existence, but also the many creative narratives they’ve used and continue to use to share their experiences.

In 2022, Danielle collaborated with the Serpentine, London. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Skånes Konstförening, Sweden (2022); Arebyte Gallery, London (2021); Quad, Derby (2021); Focal Point Gallery, London (2020); Science Gallery, London (2020). She has also been included in group exhibitions at the Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin (2022); ANNKA KULTYS GALLERY (2022); transmediale Berlin (2021); Albright-Knox, New York (2021); MU Hybrid Art House, Eindhoven (2020); Les Urbaines, Switzerland (2019); Copeland Gallery, London (2019); and Barbican, London (2018).

Flo Brooks

Drawing on the communities they belong to, the connections they have nurtured and the courses they have travelled, Flo Brooks’ artwork is an invitation to consider the complexity of the world through the eyes of an artist captivated by everyday juxtaposition.

Further explored by their frequent use of acrylic on wood, these materials allow the British artist to contemplate the concepts of tension and unity throughout the creative process. By combining multiple characters, scenes and places within their visual output, Flo seeks to capture the story of modern life, and its impact on individual and collective identity.

Flo received a BFA from Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford in 2010. Their recent exhibitions include: Be tru to your rec, Project Native Informant, London (2022); Angletwich, Tramway, Glasgow (2021); No Body Feels Right, so Why am I Any Different? Survey, Baltic Gateshead (2019); Deep Down Body Thirst, Glasgow International, Glasgow (2018); Is Now a Good Time?, Cubitt Gallery, London (2017); Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules, Somerset House, London (2022), and Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery, London (2019).

Guendalina Cerruti

Guendalina’s work consists of installations. Each piece contains multiple narratives: micro-universes dense with sentiment, sarcasm and psychological depth. In her creations, the personal and fictional merge, creating enigmatic aesthetics and emotive experiences which lie between reality, representation and imagination.

Her recent solo presentations include: People Watching, New Low, Los Angeles (2022); Wasted Dreams, Public Gallery, London (2021); and Love You Bye, Studiolo, Milan (2018). She has participated in group exhibitions at Ordet, Milan (2021); greengrassi, London (2019); and MAMbo - Museum of Modern Art Bologna (2018).

Emanuel de Carvalho

Emanuel de Carvalho is a Portuguese-Canadian, London-based visual artist. His practice explores perceptive responses towards gender identity, while documenting the current transition towards gender non-categorisation. In his compositions, bodies and objects (flesh) intersect (chiasm) prompting an individual response that is underlined by the viewer’s own experience and views.

Emanuel will graduate from the Royal College of Art in 2023, after having completed the Studio Painting programme at Turps Art School and a PhD in Visual Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.

Emanuel’s previous and upcoming exhibitions include; Virile, House of St Barnabas, London, UK (January 2022). Guts Gallery, London, UK (solo show - September 2022), Gallery Vacancy, Shanghai, China (November 2022). Zoom in, Prior Art Space, Berlin, Germany (February 2022) Salon, Sunday Painter, London, UK (January 2022). And, Atheist Iva, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2014).

Bernice Mulenga

A London-based multidisciplinary artist who works with analogue processing, Bernice explores identity, sexuality and family through their work; they’re adept at capturing moments that communicate connection, collaboration and culture.

With the streets and scenes of the UK and beyond often providing the perfect setting to showcase their subjects, Bernice’s photographs are a captivating mix of individual stillness, collective jubilation, and the extraordinary points in between.

Bernice’s exhibitions include; We Get To Choose Our Families, group show at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2022); Between Me And You, solo show at HOME, London (2022). The Rebel Dykes Art & Archive Show, group show, Space Station Sixty Five (2021). Dancing in Peckham, group show, Peckham 24 festival (2019). And, Afropunk London (2018).

Ebun Sodipo

With a focus on providing a meaningful legacy for future generations of Black Trans people, Ebun Sodipo creates indepth narratives through performance, moving images and collage.

Narrating the construction of the Black Trans-feminine self, following periods of slavery and colonialism, the London-based artist encourages the audience to consider the body and its desires through fragmentation and fabulation.

Ebun’s recent exhibitions include; Let the Song Hold Us. FACT Liverpool (2022), Sensing A/New. Flat70 (2021), Every Woman Biennale. Copeland Gallery (2021), and HOPE NOT FEAR NO, Danshallerne/UNION Denmark (2022). Her work has also been shown, read, watched and performed at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning Centre; Bernie Grants Arts Centre; Narrative Projects; Raven Row; The Block Museum of Art; South London Gallery; Arcadia Missa’s How To Sleep Faster; Auto Italia; ICA; Tate Britain; Embassy Gallery; Camden Arts Centre; Frieze. She was artist in residence at Porthmeor Studios and Gasworks, and will have solo shows at both Goldsmiths CCA and V.O Curations in Autumn in 2022.