In November 2020, photographer Ronan Mckenzie launched HOME: a north London creative hub encompassing a gallery space, open workspace and library, with a keen focus on championing the work of BIPOC artists. The space is now home to The Self Portrait, an exhibition in collaboration with WePresent that sees 13 Black women photographers present a self-portrait. Kemi Alemoru speaks to Ronan Mckenzie and the photographers about HOME and the themes of self-appreciation and self-representation that are present within it.
During the 2020 lockdown, with so much time spent indoors, photographer Ronan Mckenzie began taking a series of self-portraits, documenting both herself and her partner. She noticed many others – friends and fellow photographers who usually remained unseen – turning their lenses on themselves.