Krasimira Butseva, Rashida Mangera and Maryam Wahid in Conversation

Krasimira Butseva, Rashida Mangera and Maryam Wahid in Conversation
DATE: Tuesday 1 October 2019
TIME: Talk 7pm prompt
registration and drinks from 6:30pm

159, Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG


Tube Liverpool Street Bethnal Green;
Overground Shoreditch High Street;
Bus 8, 388;
5 minutes walk from Brick Lane.

As part of the events during this year’s London Independent Photography (LIP) 31st Annual Exhibition at the Espacio Gallery join us for an evening of thoughtful conversation between 3 dynamic photographers; Krasimira Butseva, Rashida Mangera and Maryam Wahid; each will present their photography and elaborate on how the theme of “Identity” has shaped their work. A panel-led discussion and an audience Q&A will follow.

On-line reservations now closed - a limited number of places available at the event.


Krasimira Butseva is a Bulgarian-born and London-based artist, interested in negotiating spaces within the photograph through the (dis)placement of narratives. Exploiting found and personal photography alongside moving image, she constructs new terrains through storytelling, photo-manipulation and staging. Mixing personal and collective accounts with elements of performance, Krasimira's work unfolds politics, trauma and memory. Krasimira graduated from MA & BA in Photography at the University of Portsmouth, and she has exhibited her work at EEP Berlin, Berlin (2019), Seen Fifteen Gallery, London (2019), Phoenix Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe (2018), In motion / Prototype, Sofia, Bulgaria (2017), Four Corners Gallery, London (2017), Pingyao International Photography Festival, China (2016) and Uncertain States / Mile End Art Pavilion, London (2016). She is also a co-founder of Revolv - a collective working with British universities and art institutions, in the discovery of experimental forms of creating and teaching photography in the form of lectures, workshops and exhibitions and lecturer based in London whose practice encompasses photography, curation and collaborations. Her work revolves around a preoccupation with notions of home, transnationality and utopian ideologies.

Rashida Mangerais a London-based South African/Canadian artist. She grew up in Johannesburg and studied Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand during the Apartheid years. Rashida did her postgraduate studies in Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology in Toronto and had a successful consulting practice there for many years. Moving to London has given Rashida the opportunity to develop her creative and artistic side. In recent years she has been exploring Identity through photography and mixed media, drawing on her personal experiences of moving between three continents, three cities, and different cultures. Added to the mix are the influences from science, medicine, religion, spirituality and life experiences.

Maryam Wahid was awarded Portrait of Britain 2018 by the British Journal of Photography and, nominated as one of the 100 Heroines in Photography by the Royal Photographic Society. British photographer Maryam (b. 1995) photographs her identity as a South Asian Muslim. Her profound interest in multiculturalism allows her to display concepts of cultural diversity and attempts to challenge common misconceptions of Islam through the art of her work. Maryam expresses the origins of the Pakistani community in Birmingham by exploring her deeply rooted family history and the mass integration of migrants within the United Kingdom. Her academic background in Art, Photography and Religious Studies alongside her fascination in cultural cognition and religious ideologies have progressively influenced her work. She intends to continue expressing her religious and cultural identity by challenging recurring stereotypes.