Contacts is an intimate glimpse at lesbian community in San Francisco in the ‘90s through the archive of photographer Phyllis Christopher. Belonging to a politicised tradition of documentary photography, Christopher’s handprinted and tinted images reflect how the camera participated in the performance of queer identities and feminist politics in the club and in the streets.
Ima-Abasi Okon / Laleh Khorramian / Fernando García-Dory
BALTIC Artists’ Award is a biennial award established to recognise artists deserving of an international platform and offers a step-change moment in their career, each receiving an exhibition at BALTIC, £25,000 to realise new work and a £5,000 artist fee. For the 2021 award, Otobong Nkanga, nominated Ima-Abasi Okon, Mika Rottenberg nominated Laleh Khorramian and Hito Steyerl nominated Fernando García-Dory.
Mounira Al Solh’s paintings, works on paper, embroideries and films explore migration, memory, trauma and loss. Drawing from the artist’s personal conversations and encounters with those who have been affected by conflict in Syria, Lebanon and the Middle East region, Al Solh’s works tell stories of displacement and uncertainty, often reflecting on the struggles of women in the Arab world.