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This collection is the biggest and most ambitious of its kind. Although featuring only one artist, the breadth of Idil Sukan's work makes it an unprecedented document of the evolution of visual marketing in comedy over the last decade.
Alongside the exhibition, we are hosting free workshops for new photographers and visual artists, building on the successful workshops Idil developed for Soho House and IdeasTap, and a live comedy night in the gallery space itself.
All patrons will be invited to a private viewing on Thursday 19th February to meet the artist before the doors open for the exhibition launch, given a goody bag including exclusive products featuring Idil’s work and the official exhibition programme, in which their name will be added to the list of patrons.
“Idil has emerged as one of the comedy scene’s leading photographers and her work is known for its expert use of lighting with beautiful shadows, deep colours and stunning composition” - Nikon Pro Magazine
In her role as Creative Director of West London creative agency Draw HQ, Idil works as an art director, designer and photographer in comedy, music, film, and theatre, her work regularly seen across the UK press. Most recently her portrait was the cover image of Paul Merton’s autobiography and Idil's portrait of Celia Imrie was selected by the National Portrait Gallery for formal acquisition.
Idil is interested in different identities within one individual and the gaps between them - how we choose to portray ourselves, how our identity is shaped by a series of curated depictions of ourselves (photographs in social media, in the press, on our personal websites) in contrast to how we unwittingly come across to others. The different contextual identities we develop, socially, at work, or in photographs - and for a comedian, around which the exhibition is based, the identity on stage that can simultaneously be confessional yet carefully cultivated.
“The hugely talented photographer.... Best known for her wonderful photos of comedians both famous and infamous” - Digital Arts Magazine
Idil is one of the most prolific creatives working in the comedy industry in the last 10 years, working on hundreds of shows, with thousands of photographs and designs in public circulation. She is a trailblazer in evolving the value of design and photography to be a creative outlet for the comedian and the show, bridging fine art with communicative design.
Hundreds of Idil's portraits and photographs of live performance will be on display including some of the UK’s best loved comedians including Eddie Izzard, Paul Merton, Clive Anderson, as well as performers who appear in comedy sitcoms and films, such as Celia Imrie, Patrick Stewart and Michael Gambon, as well recent breakthrough performers such as Bridget Christie, Daniel Rigby, Sara Pascoe and James Acaster. It will also include never-before-seen-images from around the comedy world, both in the studio, on stage, and intimate photos backstage, and of course, Idil's portraits of The Muppets.
As well as traditional displays, elements of how posters and photographs are presented at the Edinburgh Festival, such as wall-to-wall poster coverage, will be replicated at the gallery.