Nikon presents: Art, agency and the safe space
Helene Love-Allotey interviews Heather Agyepong about her historical re-imaginations series, exploring the themes of rest and catharsis in her work alongside discussions around safety in commercial art settings.
Helene Love-Allotey is Head of Sales and Specialist for the Modern and Contemporary African Art department at Bonhams. A graduate of SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London, Helene is particularly keen to include more women at auction as demonstrated with her recent curated sale on Ladi Kwali. Her interest and expertise also extends to 20th century African Photography. Helene has appeared on Katy Hessel’s ‘The Great Women Artists’ podcast and, in her spare time, curates the Instagram account @africanarthistory.
I am British Ghanaian Multidisciplinary artist and actor who lives and works in London. My art practice is concerned with mental health and wellbeing, invisibility, the diaspora and the archive. My work exists in a number of collections including Autograph ABP, Centre national des arts plastiques, Hyman Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and Mead Art Museum. I was nominated for the South Bank Sky Arts Breakthrough Award 2018, awarded the Firecracker Photographic Grant 2020 and have recently been selected as part of Foam Talent 2021, Jerwood/Photoworks Award 2022, Photo London x Nikon Emerging Photographer Award 2021 and The Photographers Gallery New Talent Award 2021. I was recently announced as a Nikon European Ambassador. I am currently playing Ndudi in Amazon Prime new feminist sci-Fri drama The Power.