Alexander Missen in conversation with Gemma Padley

Saturday 7th October:  2.00 – 5.00pm

Tickets: £5 per person

© Alexander: From the series 'Q&A' courtesy of Francesca Maffeo Gallery'


In conjunction with Alexander Missen's major solo exhibition ‘Q&A’, Francesca Maffeo Gallery will be hosting an ‘in conversation’ event on Saturday 7th October 2017 from 2pm.

Missen will be speaking in conversation with Gemma Padley,  a freelance writer and editor working in photography.  A former senior features writer at British Journal of Photography, she now freelances for the title, and has also written for Time LightBox, Elephant magazine,, the RPS Journal, Foam, Photoworks, 1000 Words, and Huck, among others.

Alexander Missen is a British photographer who lives and works in London.  In 2012, he received his First Class Honours degree in Photography from Middlesex University, where he currently works within the Art and Design faculty.

'Q&A' showcases over seventy images, which journey across the United States of America, providing an examination of cultural symbolism and how the motifs we associate with America have affected the reality of place and people.

Landing in Memphis and driving west on the I-40, Missen was perturbed to discover that the America he expected simply didn’t exist, feeling he was mis-sold; the America he was seeking felt out of reach. 

“What I ultimately came to realise was that the America I expected did exist – but only in small pockets.  It had to be sought out and curated into a kind of simulacrum and in turn became an analogy for the act of photographing itself; an odd exercise in choosing what to point the camera at, what to exclude or ignore and what to embrace.” 

What ‘Q&A’ opens up is the space between our imagination and reality, Missen playfully explores this nature of myth when applied to a collective understanding of the United States, provocatively investigating the relationship between a place and its own mythos.  Missen visited forty states, over four years capturing America’s cultural markers – the flags, the cars, the mountain ranges – and critically examining their propagation as undoubted realities.

Refreshments will be provided for this event