Exhibition / 21 Jan – 19 Feb 2022

Invisible Britain - This Separated Isle

Paul Sng

Invisible Britain - This Separated Isle
'Tanya Costa' © Roland Ramanan
Invisible Britain - This Separated Isle
'Kristie' © Kirsty Mackay
Invisible Britain - This Separated Isle
'Celeste Bell' © Lisa Wormsley

Even as COVID-19 made a seismic impact across the world, the cracks exposed by Brexit, Black Lives Matter and rising levels of race hate crimes revealed bitter divisions in British society. In the aftermath of the pandemic, and with questions over the breakup of the United Kingdom refusing to dissipate, how do people across Britain choose to navigate the tensions in this divided land?

This Separated Isle explores how concepts of ‘Britishness’ reveal an inclusive range of opinions and understandings about our national character. Based on the Invisible Britain: This Separated Isle book, featuring a diverse range of fascinating photographic portraits of people from across the UK and their accompanying narrative stories, this landmark exhibition examines the relationship between identity and nationhood, revealing not only what divides us, but also the ties that bind us together as a nation.

The project curator is Paul Sng, and this UK premiere of the exhibition is produced and presented by Ffotogallery.

The participating photographers are:

Alecsandra Dragoi
Alicia Bruce
Amara Eno
Andy Aitchison
Arpita Shah
Chris Leslie
Christine Lalla
Faraz Pourreza-Jorshari
Fiona Yaron-Field
Gina Lundy
Ilisa Stack
Inès Elsa Dalal
Jim Mortram
Jenny Lewis
Joanne Coates
Kat Dlugosz
Kate Nolan
Kirsty Mackay
Kris Askey
Lisa Wormsley
Maisie Marshall
Marc Davenant
Margaret Mitchell
Marie Smith
Mario W. Ihieme
Mark Parham
Nicola Muirhead
Rhys Baker
Robert Law
Roland Ramanan
Sally Low
Dr Yan Wang Preston

About Artist

Portrait of Paul Sng

Paul Sng

Paul Sng is a biracial British Chinese filmmaker and writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, whose work is driven by methodical research, creative storytelling and a collaborative approach that strives for inclusivity and diversity in people and projects. In 2015, Paul founded Velvet Joy Productions to explore the lives and work of individuals who have been neglected, marginalised or misrepresented in the arts and media. Paul's documentaries have been broadcast on national television and screened internationally and include Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain (2015), Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (2017), Social Housing, Social Cleansing (2018) and Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021).