"Highly rated, sincere, poignant and classical..." - Magnum
There is nothing linear about femininity - or what it means to be a woman - in the 21st century. Sex and gender are not limited to the monolithic paradigm of genetics; they are informed by something intangible, and it this essence of the female paradox that makes Allie's work as relevant as it is important and sets her apart form others in her field.
Allie Crewe is delighted to announce her first solo exhibition of photographic portraits. Sponsored by Sparkle (the national transgender charity), the nine-week exhibition at Manchester Central Library, entitled 'You Brought Your Own Light', is a celebration of Allie's groundbreaking and evocative work with transgender subjects.
Having previously exhibited at the Getty Gallery and Lloyds of London, as well as the popular provincial artistic hubs of Hebden Bridge and Salford, Allie's portraits have met with critical acclaim. Described as "Highly rated, sincere, poignant and classical..." by Magnum, and as "...a terrific body of work filled with heart and empathy" by LensCulture, her work was shortlisted for the prestigious Portrait of Britain award in 2017.
Her photographic portraiture recognises that there is nothing linear, defined or straightforward about femininity, or what it means to be a woman, in the 21st century. Sex and gender are not limited to the monolithic paradigm of genetics; they are informed by something intangible, and it this essence of the female paradox that makes Allie's work as relevant as it is important and which sets her apart from others in her field. Her work is characterised by a disarming authenticity evoked by the value she places in the individual, their story, and the moment.
Allie's work and sensitivity is informed by her own abusive childhood which stifled her creativity and power of expression. Overcoming these events and rebuilding her life has given her a unique insight that enables her to convey powerfully honest photographic narratives of subjects who have transformed; rediscovering themselves after battling adversity. Her insistence that her work should remain authentic, creative and kind in order to capture the truth about her subjects was the inspiration for the title of her exhibition.
PV: 26th July 2018 - 18:00-20:00
Exhibition Dates: 26th July 2018 - 29th September 2018
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:00-20:00
For more information vist Allie Crewe's website.