Franki Raffles: Photography, Activism, Campaign Works at Baltic

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor
Three woman stand in a field looking at the camera. The photo is black and white.
Frank Raffles Soviet Women © Franki Raffles Estate, all rights reserved.

Franki Raffles | Photography, Activism, Campaign Works at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle Until 17 November 2024 Entrance is free — Visit now

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art presents a major retrospective by Franki Raffles, a feminist, activist documentary photographer who recorded the lives of women around the world, during her journeys around the Soviet Union, China, Zimbabwe and others as well as the UK. The Salford-born artist found inspiration in travel as well as her involvement in schools and women’s groups.

The show focuses on a body of work created between 1984-94 when Raffles was most active, producing around 40,000 images. Throughout her career, she focused on women’s lives and their work, addressing issues such as inequality, gendered violence, disability, activism and sisterhood. This retrospective brings together many of her works never seen publicly before, alongside archive material, so it’s a rare treat that is not to be missed.

Franki Raffles | Photography, Activism, Campaign Works at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle Until 17 November 2024 Entrance is free Visit now

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