Born: 1974 -
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'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.
"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)
Date of Birth:
MA - The Royal College of Art (London)
BA (hons) -The Surrey Institute of Art and Design (Farnham, Surrey.)
Selected- Solo / Group Exhibitions:
Still-Moving-Still, BP Family Festival: Play The Gallery, Tate Britain Festival,London, UK
Mobile Portraits, The Human Document – The Photography of Persuasion from 1930sAmerica to Present Day, Mead Gallery, Coventry, UK
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.
Portraits of a Global Law School (2015), Permanent Exhibition, in The DicksonPoon School of Law, Kings College, London, UK
Peckham Square Studio(2014), Portraits From An Island, Goa International PhotoFestival.
Peckham Square Studio (2014), Solo Exhibition, Peckham, London, UK
The Albert Studio (2013), Build | Billboard Project, Queens Park, London, UK
Afro Hair and Beauty (1998), My Hair: Black Hair Culture, style and Politics,Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, UK
Afro Hair and Beauty Show series, Africa Centre Summer Festival, Covent Garden,Tube Station, London, UK
The World In London, The Photographers’ Gallery, Victoria Park and OxfordStreet, London, UK 2011 Nation series, RCA Black, Royal Collegeof Art, London, UK
Schiller Market Studio, Playing the City 3, Schirn Frankfurt, Germany
Ghana Series, A Useful Dream: African Photography 1960 – 2010, Center for FineArts, Brussels.
Wentworth Street Studios: Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Culture and Care: Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery
(Student and Staff), Kings College London, UK
Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa.
Red, Gold and Green, How We Are: Photographing Britain,
Tate Britain, London, UK
Grace, Flava: Wedge Curatorial Projects (1997-2007) Toronto, Canada.
Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Mori Art Museum, Japan
Southend Trim, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK
Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Hayward Gallery, London.
Embrace, Gasworks Gallery, London
Staged Realities: The studio in African photography 1870 – 2004,
Cape Town, South Africa
Red, Gold and Green, 26th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Grace, Africa Remix, touring, Museum Kunst Palast. Düsseldorf, Germany.
6 - 8 and Found, Space Gallery, London
6 - 8 and Black Hair and Beauty, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
Blessing, Brixton Studio, Photographers Gallery, London.
Grace, Piccadilly Circus, Exit 2, London.
Nation, The Tardis Window, Farringdon, London.
Red, Gold and Green, The IVth African Photography Encounters
inBamako, Mali, Africa. Touring exhibition.
Grace and Nation, The Two of Us. The Pump House Gallery and
Autograph, London, UK
Grace, Africa Today: The Artist and the City, Centre de Cultura
Contemporania de Barcelona. Spain
The Black Hair and Beauty Show, The Centre of Attention Gallery, London
Grace, MA RCA – The Show, London, UK
John Kobal photographic portrait award, National Portrait Gallery,
London, Scotland, UK
Red, Gold and Green, The Appropriated Frame: Group Show by Autograph at DarkArches, Granary Wharf, Leeds
Red Gold and Green, Shoreditch Biennale, London
Kings College London, Law School, Art Commission, Portraits of a Global LawSchool, London, UK
Tate Britain, Art Commission, BP Family Festival: Close Encounters of the ArtKind, London, UK
Autograph ABP, Art Commission / Workshops, as part of Black Chronicles II,London, UK
Peckham Platform, Art Commission, Peckham Square Studio, London, UK
The Albert Studio, Artist in Residence, London, UK
Schiller Market Studio, Playing the City 3, Schirn Frankfurt, Germany
Tate Modern - Art Commission - Pembroke House Studio - 16th July 2011 as partof the Wonderful Walworth Day and Community newsletter 'Tate Modern and You'.
The Photographers Gallery, London: Art Commission - 2012 Olympics.
Film and Video Umbrella – Free to Air: Development Artist Programme: London, UK
Wentworth street Studios: Art Commission for Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Face to Face: Creative Partnership in Horsenden Primary School in collaborationwith Claire Haddon. London, UK
Culture and Care: New Art Commissions for Florence Nightingale School ofNursing and Midwifery, Kings College, London, UK
Focal Point Gallery. Commission: ‘Southend Trim’. South-end On-Sea, UK.
Gasworks Gallery, London: Commission: Gas Board I: Embrace, 2004.
Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham: commission: 6-8 2003, Black Hair and Beauty2003. Nottingham
Space Studio: Cultural Diversity Studio Award. London
Photographers Gallery commission: Blessing. London
Seydou Keita – Portrait Prize. Mali
The British Council – Grants to Artists ‘IVth African Photography Encounters inBamako,’ Mali, Africa.
Egg Award. London
National Magazine Award, London
Autograph ABP, London: commission: Red, Gold and Green. London.
Selected– Published work:
PLAYING THE CITY, INTERVIEWS - 57 artists answering 10 questions. KunsthalleSchirn.
Contact Sheet – The Light Work Annual 2010 (pages 50 – 55)
A Useful Dream, African Photography 1960 – 2010 (pages 137 – 141)
Cultural Studies, Routledge, Volume 22 No.2 March 2008 (Front Cover)
Cultural Studies, Routledge, Volume 22 No.1 January 2008 (Front Cover)
Platform for Art: Art on the Underground, Edited By Tamsin Dillon (page 96)
Flava Wedge Curatorial Projects (1997-2007) (pages 106-107)
How We Are: Photographing Britain (Page 180)
Southend Trim- Focal Point catalogue
Photography: A Critical Introduction, Third Edition, and Edited by Liz Wells.(Front cover)
Eileen Perrier- Angel Row catalogue
Blink: Phaidon Press - (Pages 296 –299 and 415)
Different: Phaidon Press – (Pages 72 –73 and 156 – 157)
Mémoires Intimes D’un nouveau Millénaire: IVes Rencountres de la photographieafricaine Bamako 2001, publication (pages 66 – 67)
Africa Today: The Artist and the city, publication (pages 172 – 175)
August | Birkhäuser - City Levels (October, pages 102 – 103)
Creative Review (September, page 73)
Tank Magazine (June / July, pages 102 – 107)
Revue Noire - Togo | Ghana (March / April / May issue, pages 24 - 27)
Eileen Perrier: Autograph ABP monograph
Creative Camera (Feb / March, pages 28 –31)
Arts Council England
TheFoundation - Sindika Dokolo (Angola, Africa)
WedgeCuratorial Projects (Toronto, Canada)