Join us for the launch of My.Self, a book of newly commissioned photography by Michelle Sank. Since 2016 Michelle has been working with Multistory in order to document the diversity of young people and their lives in the Black Country. Through a series of photographic portraits of people aged 13 to 19, My.Self explores what it is to be young today.
The launch will feature performances from students at Sandwell College. Refreshments will be provided.
I am interested in how adolescence is marked by rites of passage that are reflective of cultural values and how this is expressed within ethnically diverse communities in the Black Country. I am exploring the way these rituals often mark a socially recognized transition to adulthood and responsibility and to some recognition of sexual maturity. I will document how these rites of passage can differ from male to female and how the emphasis on body image, performance and dress are a personal means of expression.
Michelle Sank, April 2017
The project is a partnership project with Multistory and Creative Black Country (as part of the Arts Council of England’s Creative People and Places Programme).
Michelle Sank was born in South Africa and has been living in the UK since 1987. Her photographs have been exhibited and published extensively in England, Europe, Australia and Mexico, South Africa and the U.S.A and are held in collections in the UK, Channel Islands and the USA.
She has undertaken numerous commissions for prominent galleries and magazines in Europe and the USA and her work has won awards in many prestigious competitions including the National Portrait Gallery and the British Journal of Photography.