March’s must-see exhibitions

Check out the exhibitions we can’t wait to see in March 2018.

From minorities to Victorians, here are some of our highlights for the coming month.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide
© Maria Teresa  courtesy of FotoDocument

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 arts social enterprise FotoDocument is hosting a photography exhibition at Oxo Tower Gallery.

The exhibition focuses on FotoDocument’s most recent project, Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide.

It will showcase the work of global documentary photographers commissioned to capture the work of CARE International UK’s micro-lending platform, Lendwithcare.org.

A special screening of the project and talks, chaired by MiniClick, will be held at Brighton Museum on March 3.

FotoDocument will also launch Year 2 of the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award for women documentary photographers, supported by Olympus at the event.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide, Oxo Tower Gallery, London, until March 11.

Brighton Museum, 12.15pm to 1.45pm, March 3. Reserve a free space at the Brighton event here.

Red T-Shirt baseball jacket car © Mahtab Hussain You Get Me

Mahtab Hussain: You Get Me?

There are just a few weeks left to see Mahtab Hussain’s exploration of the identity of young working-class British Asian men today.

Over nine years he took portraits in Birmingham – stopping people in the streets and starting conversations as he photographed them. Hussain then expanded the project to London and Nottingham.

The resulting exhibition, presented with quotes from the men themselves, gives a startling insight into how they are trying to negotiate masculinity and vulnerability in a multi-cultural society.

Mahtab Hussain: You Get Me?, Impressions Gallery, until March 24.

Carlo Carrà, The Metaphysical Muse, 1917, oil on canvas, 90 x 66cm Courtesy: Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

The Enchanted Room

The Estorick opens its 20th anniversary year with a major exhibition of works from one of the world’s most important collections of modern Italian art.

The Enchanted Room is a collection of modern works from the Pinacoteca di Brera.

Comprising paintings and sculptures donated to the museum by Emilio and Maria Jesi, it includes iconic images by Umberto Boccioni, metaphysical paintings by Carlo Carrà, and important works by Giorgio de Chirico.

This is the first time a major part of the Jesi collection has been shown outside of Italy. It will be displayed alongside a rehang of the Estorick’s own permanent collection.

The Enchanted RoomEstorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, until April 8.

Photographic Study, 5 Prince’s Gardens (Clementina Maude) by Clementina Hawarden, 1863–4 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

This major exhibition is the first to examine the relationship between four ground-breaking Victorian artists.

Drawn from public and private collections, Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography features the work of Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Lady Clementina Hawarden and Oscar Rejlander.

It features striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Lord Tennyson.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography, National Portrait Gallery, London, March 1 to May 20.

Anonymous, Modesto, CA, 2010, from the series The Ninety Nine
© Katy Grannan, courtesy the artist and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Another Kind of Life

Featuring the work of 20 photographers, Another Kind of Life touches on themes of countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds.

It spans decades from the 1950s until today and follows the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria.

The show includes includes the Casa Susanna Collection as well as work by Pieter Hugo, and Dayanita Singh.

Another Kind of Life, Barbican Art Gallery, London, until May 27.

Main image: Curator Alona Pardo and Barbican head of visual arts Jane Alison, Barbican Art Gallery, February 28 – May 27, 2018 © Ian Gavan/Getty Images

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