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Rio Blake’s Photographs Revive Notting Hill Carnival after its 2nd Cancellation since Covid

Rio Blake’s Photographs Revive Notting Hill Carnival after its 2nd Cancellation since Covid

by Wishu
1 September 2021
(Copyright © Rio Blake)

All profits made from the sale of the prints will go to the Grenfell foundation. 

West London natives and past or present inhabitants of London alike are craving the insatiable and unique energy of Notting Hill’s iconic carnival. Despite the event’s second cancellation since 2019 due to Covid, several events including an exhibition at White City House have been held this weekend in honour of carni. 

(Copyright © Javanie Stephens)

Rio Blake curated the White City House exhibition which displays the work of several carni photographers including herself, Sophie Jones and Vicky Grout. Blake wanted to highlight the sounds of carnival through DJs as well as “all the amazing food” as she believes these two elements are what automatically bring people together. Mama’s Jerk hosted a Caribbean kitchen takeover and reggae, dubstep and jungle sounds were mixed by a DJ on the roof of White City House next to the heated pool overlooking all of west London. 

(Copyright © Holly-Marie Cato)

Another aim of the exhibition by Blake was to show “that photography is inclusive and can be enjoyed by everyone […] to feel excited from the exhibition and help people to look forward to the next carnival we get.”

Open until 1 September, the exhibition is a beautiful demonstration of Caribbean culture and London’s bustling, musical nature.

(Copyright © Matt Stuart)


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