Public Knowledge: Lost In Music - Camden Art Centre

A Post-Industrial Dreamscape with Jermaine Francis, Nathalie Olah and Edward "Eddie" Otchere

A presentation and discussion between Francis, Olah and Otchere centred around themes evidenced in Francis’s hallucinogenic, non-didactic, non-linear visual essay exploring socio-political and racial infrastructures in Post-Industrial Britain via the context dancefloor.

The Artist

The Artist

Jermaine Francis is a London-based Photographer. His practice works within documentary and portraiture formats informed by personally driven photo projects and editorials, exploring the issues that arise from our interaction in the everyday environment.

Francis has recently presented A Storied Ground, a solo exhibition, which was preceded by Call Me at Galerie PCP, Paris, a group show curated by Francesca Gavin in 2022. Move /002, curated by Kobi Prembah 2022, Hetton Law, curated by Jordan Derrien, Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria 2021; the 2020 ICP Concerned exhibition, The International Centre of Photography NYC, The Invisibles Protein Space, London, 2019; and the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait awards, 2017, 2019, 2020. He will be exhibiting as part of the Oxford Photo Festival 2023.

His work has recently been included in the monographs, The Art of Protest, Political Art and Activism’, edited by Alain Bieber & Francesca Gavin. Photo No No’s Mediation on What Not To Photograph published by the Aperture Foundation, ICP Concerned Global Images for a Global Crisis intro by David Campany, Fashion Photography Next, edited by Magda Kearney and Look Here on Pleasures of Observing the City edited by Ana Kinsella. He has published two books, Something that seems so Familiar in 2020 & 2021, Rhythms from the Metroplex and is finalising a new book with publishers Here Press.

Nathalie Olah was born in Birmingham. After periods of time living in Germany and the Netherlands, she has been based as a freelance journalist and editor in London since 2015. Her writing focuses on the intersection between politics and contemporary culture, with an emphasis on marginalized and working-class communities and includes essays, fiction and reviews which have been published widely in Five Dials, Dazed, AnOther, i-D, the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Independent and the Times Literary Supplement.

Edward “Eddie” Otchere (born 14 February 1974) is a London-born photographer, author, and curator. He is best known for his photographs of Junglist Drum & Bass culture during the nineties. However, his photographic archive contains the visual context of Hip Hop culture and, more recently, portraits of luminary electronic producers, singers and DJs, culminating in a portfolio of today’s most critically acclaimed artists. His work has been exhibited and published worldwide, his celebrated works include portraits of Wu Tang Clan, Biggie Smalls, Aaliyah, Goldie, Kate Tempest, Sherelle and more. A proponent of traditional film photography with an alchemistic dedication to technique and process.