Bio


Eileen Perrier

Born: 1974 -       

(London, U.K.) 

Lives and works in London. 

Eileen Perrier’s work has been widely exhibited since 1999, including The Photographers' Gallery, (London, UK); Tate Britain (London, UK); The Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), the touring exhibition Africa Remix, which included the Hayward Gallery (London) and The Centre Pompidou (Paris, France). 

Perrier has also been artist in residence at Light Work (in partnership with Autograph ABP) (New York, USA); in Playing The City, Kunsthalle Schirn (Frankfurt, Germany) and has worked with Tate Britain (as an invited artist) on their education programme - BP Family Festival: Close Encounters of the Art Kind and currently has work installed from a portrait commission with Kings College London called "Portraits of a Global Law School" currently displayed on level -1 in Somerset House East Wing. 

Perrier is currently a Senior Lecturer in Photography at The University of Westminster. 

Practice

Perrier's practice includes personal projects and  art commissions. 

She has photographed sitters encountered through various strategies; such as their occupation; location or a physical trait. 

Recent projects have seen Perrier working in public spaces using a portable studio and large format camera in  reference to Victorian style Portraiture.

Perrier also has an ongoing series called, 'Mobile Portraits', of sitters encountered daily and documented on her Mobile phone. 




Artist Statement

"I was born and raised in London coming from a cultural background of Ghanaian and Dominican parentage, this dual heritage has presented me with questions around, placement, cultural identity and diversity.


My early personal projects draw from a long tradition of African portraiture since my first visit to Ghana in 1995. 

Colour photography was my gateway into showing a vibrancy not readily found in the media's reportage coverage on Africa and Africans. Images which I encountered at this time were black and white imagery of Africa and  africans being effected by famine. 

 My objective was to communicate my initial impressions of visiting Ghana, with my mother, who had not been back to her home country for over 30 years. This journey allowed me to feel more grounded in my identity and changed my understanding and relationship with what it meant to be a Londoner of  African descent."


Eileen Perrier MA (RCA)

CV


Date of Birth: 

27.09.1974

Placeof Birth:

 London

Education

1998– 2000 

MA - The Royal College of Art (London)

1993– 1996 

BA (hons) -The Surrey Institute of Art and Design (Farnham, Surrey.)

Selected- Solo / Group Exhibitions:

2017 

Still-Moving-Still, BP Family Festival: Play The Gallery, Tate Britain Festival,London, UK

2016 

Mobile Portraits, The Human Document – The Photography of Persuasion from 1930sAmerica to Present Day, Mead Gallery, Coventry, UK

2016 

WeAreW12 was a free photography exhibition and a celebration of Shepherd’sBush, created by photographer Eileen Perrier and the people of Shepherd’s Bush.Commissioned by The Bush Theatre.

2015 

Portraits of a Global Law School (2015), Permanent Exhibition, in The DicksonPoon School of Law, Kings College, London, UK

2015 

Peckham Square Studio(2014), Portraits From An Island, Goa International PhotoFestival.

2014 

Peckham Square Studio (2014), Solo Exhibition, Peckham, London, UK

2013 

The Albert Studio (2013), Build | Billboard Project, Queens Park, London, UK 


2013 

Afro Hair and Beauty (1998), My Hair: Black Hair Culture, style and Politics,Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, UK 


2013 

Afro Hair and Beauty Show series, Africa Centre Summer Festival, Covent Garden,Tube Station, London, UK 


2012 

The World In London, The Photographers’ Gallery, Victoria Park and OxfordStreet, London, UK 
2011 Nation series, RCA Black, Royal Collegeof Art, London, UK 


2011 

Schiller Market Studio, Playing the City 3, Schirn Frankfurt, Germany

2010 

Ghana Series, A Useful Dream: African Photography 1960 – 2010, Center for FineArts, Brussels.

2009 

Wentworth Street Studios: Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2007 

Culture and Care: Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery

(Student and Staff), Kings College London, UK

2007 

Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa.

2007 

Red, Gold and Green, How We Are: Photographing Britain,

Tate Britain, London, UK

2007 

Grace, Flava: Wedge Curatorial Projects (1997-2007) Toronto, Canada.

2006 

Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

2006 

Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Mori Art Museum, Japan

2005 

Southend Trim, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK

2005 

Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

2005 

Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Hayward Gallery, London.

2004 

Embrace, Gasworks Gallery, London

2004 

Staged Realities: The studio in African photography 1870 – 2004,

Cape Town, South Africa

2004 

Red, Gold and Green, 26th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2004 

Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Museum Kunst Palast. Düsseldorf, Germany.

2004 

6 - 8 and Found, Space Gallery, London

2003 

6 - 8 and Black Hair and Beauty, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

2002 

Blessing, Brixton Studio, Photographers Gallery, London.

2002 

Grace, Piccadilly Circus, Exit 2, London.

2002 

Nation, The Tardis Window, Farringdon, London.

2001 

Red, Gold and Green, The IVth African Photography Encounters

inBamako, Mali, Africa. Touring exhibition.

2001 

Grace and Nation, The Two of Us. The Pump House Gallery and

Autograph, London, UK

2001 

Grace, Africa Today: The Artist and the City, Centre de Cultura

Contemporania de Barcelona. Spain

2001 

The Black Hair and Beauty Show, The Centre of Attention Gallery, London

2000 

Grace, MA RCA – The Show, London, UK

1999 

John Kobal photographic portrait award, National Portrait Gallery,

London, Scotland, UK

1998 

Red, Gold and Green, The Appropriated Frame: Group Show by Autograph at DarkArches, Granary Wharf, Leeds

1997 

Red Gold and Green, Shoreditch Biennale, London

Awards/ Commissions:

2015 

Kings College London, Law School, Art Commission, Portraits of a Global LawSchool, London, UK

2014 

Tate Britain, Art Commission, BP Family Festival: Close Encounters of the ArtKind, London, UK

2014 

Autograph ABP, Art Commission / Workshops, as part of Black Chronicles II,London, UK

2014 

Peckham Platform, Art Commission, Peckham Square Studio, London, UK

2012 

The Albert Studio, Artist in Residence, London, UK


2011 

Schiller Market Studio, Playing the City 3, Schirn Frankfurt, Germany

2011 

Tate Modern - Art Commission - Pembroke House Studio - 16th July 2011 as partof the Wonderful Walworth Day and Community newsletter 'Tate Modern and You'.

2009 

The Photographers Gallery, London: Art Commission - 2012 Olympics.

2009 

Film and Video Umbrella – Free to Air: Development Artist Programme: London, UK

2008 

Wentworth street Studios: Art Commission for Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2007 

Face to Face: Creative Partnership in Horsenden Primary School in collaborationwith Claire Haddon. London, UK

2007 

Culture and Care: New Art Commissions for Florence Nightingale School ofNursing and Midwifery, Kings College, London, UK

2005 

Focal Point Gallery. Commission: ‘Southend Trim’. South-end On-Sea, UK.

2004 

Gasworks Gallery, London: Commission: Gas Board I: Embrace, 2004.

2003 

Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham: commission: 6-8 2003, Black Hair and Beauty2003. Nottingham

2003 

Space Studio: Cultural Diversity Studio Award. London

2002 

Photographers Gallery commission: Blessing. London

2002 

Seydou Keita – Portrait Prize. Mali

2001 

The British Council – Grants to Artists ‘IVth African Photography Encounters inBamako,’ Mali, Africa.

1999 

Egg Award. London

1999 

National Magazine Award, London

1997 

Autograph ABP, London: commission: Red, Gold and Green. London.

Selected– Published work:

2012 

PLAYING THE CITY, INTERVIEWS - 57 artists answering 10 questions. KunsthalleSchirn. 


2010 

Contact Sheet – The Light Work Annual 2010 (pages 50 – 55) 


2010

A Useful Dream, African Photography 1960 – 2010 (pages 137 – 141)

2008 

Cultural Studies, Routledge, Volume 22 No.2 March 2008 (Front Cover)

2008 

Cultural Studies, Routledge, Volume 22 No.1 January 2008 (Front Cover)

2007 

Platform for Art: Art on the Underground, Edited By Tamsin Dillon (page 96)

2007 

Flava Wedge Curatorial Projects (1997-2007) (pages 106-107)

2007 

How We Are: Photographing Britain (Page 180)

2005 

Southend Trim- Focal Point catalogue

2004 

Photography: A Critical Introduction, Third Edition, and Edited by Liz Wells.(Front cover)

2003 

Eileen Perrier- Angel Row catalogue

2002 

Blink: Phaidon Press - (Pages 296 –299 and 415)

2002 

Different: Phaidon Press – (Pages 72 –73 and 156 – 157)

2001 

Mémoires Intimes D’un nouveau Millénaire: IVes Rencountres de la photographieafricaine Bamako 2001, publication (pages 66 – 67)

2001 

Africa Today: The Artist and the city, publication (pages 172 – 175)

2000 

August | Birkhäuser - City Levels (October, pages 102 – 103)

2000 

Creative Review (September, page 73)

2000 

Tank Magazine (June / July, pages 102 – 107)

1999 

Revue Noire - Togo | Ghana (March / April / May issue, pages 24 - 27)

1999 

Eileen Perrier: Autograph ABP monograph

1997 

Creative Camera (Feb / March, pages 28 –31)

Selected   

Collections:

Arts Council England

AutographABP(London, UK)

TheFoundation - Sindika Dokolo (Angola, Africa)

TateBritain

WedgeCuratorial Projects (Toronto, Canada)

Using Format