In 2021, photographer and author, Johny Pitts, and poet Roger Robinson traveled across the British coast looking for a solution to the query ‘What’s Black Britain?’ Their collaboration turned House is Not a Place—which opened at The Photographers’ Gallery this June.
Touring in a crimson Mini Cooper, Pitts, and Robinson’s circumnavigation encompassed the coastal, city, rural, and suburban, by way of the locations in between. Following the coast clockwise, collectively they got down to doc and reply to the various manifestations of Black British tradition, and to current an alternative choice to official and media narratives.
Within the exhibition and accompanying ebook Robinson’s poetry sits alongside Pitts’ pictures from across the nation. The present’s title comes from a quote by American author James Baldwin ‘maybe residence just isn’t a spot, however merely an irrevocable situation’.
Pitts invitations you to come back in, sit and really feel proper at residence – to expertise what residence means to him – whether or not you’re flicking by way of household picture albums, chatting and sharing concepts, or listening to pirate radio playlists from Pitts’ Nineteen Eighties youth.