Steady yourself to embark on an odyssey through the annals of British culture at JG Contemporary, as the gallery presents its latest exhibition, #MadeBritainGreat, featuring the work of illustrious portrait photographer Derrick Santini. In a resounding homage to the movers and shakers of British arts and humanities, Santini’s lens turns time machine, transporting us through decades of creativity and innovation in a nation that often feels plagued by its current political climate. Open to the public until 3 December, this is your last chance to rendezvous with the soul of Britain’s cultural tapestry.
Born in 1965 in Scarborough, Derrick Santini is a globally acclaimed photographer whose work has earned a coveted place in London’s National Portrait Gallery as well as in both national and international exhibitions that have showcased his innovative approach and techniques. Prominently featured in publications including Vice and Vogue, he maintains a thriving presence in commercial and editorial photography. Showcasing portraits that span more than 30 years, #MadeBritainGreat riffs on the concept of ‘Made in Great Britain;’ turning it into a visual narrative that raises a glass to the forward-thinking and singular individuals who have made substantial contributions to the rich tapestry of the country’s cultural landscape.
From diverse ‘90s icons such as Jarvis Cocker, Tricky and Shaun Ryder to screen stars Dame Judy Dench and Idris Elba, noughties names Lily Allen and Mike Skinner to contemporary celebrities like Jasmin Jobson from the hit show Top Boy, whoever the focus of Santini’s lens, his ability to capture their individual personalities is evident throughout.
“As a humanist photographer, it is the people, in all their wondrous guises, that inform and inspire my work and worldview,” explains Santini. “I celebrate the individual; their spirit, vigour and vision that make them uniquely talented. I feel Britain nourishes and fosters this spirit.”
Take a deep dive into the soul of British culture and forget our current woes by way of the inspired talents who have contributed to the one thing we always seem to get right. Derrick Santini’s #MadeBritainGreat is on show till 3 December at JG Contemporary, London W3 6AY.