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REVIVAL, LONDON 1989-1993 exhibition

Multiculturalism in West London is explored in Roy Mehta’s new exhibition, REVIVAL, LONDON 1989-1993.

REVIVAL, LONDON 1989-1993, an exhibition of work by Roy Mehta, explores multiculturalism in West London.

The exhibition presents documentary work made by Mehta in Brent 30 years ago.

His tender photographs, mainly of the Afro-Carribean and Irish communities, show their subjects engaged in seemingly simple activities at home, in the street and at church.

Shot from 1989-1993 in Harlesden and Willesden, the images move from profound moments of faith to quiet family moments and the noisy streets outside.

They remind us that every moment is an opportunity for connection and reflection.

Installation shot REVIVAL, LONDON 1989-1993 by Roy Mehta
Installation shot REVIVAL, LONDON 1989-1993 by Roy Mehta


Mehta’s original project was a way of exploring the diversity and changing nature of Brent.

Recently rediscovered, many of the REVIVAL images have never been on public display.

The exhibition beautifully explores Brent’s rich community history through culture, faith and heritage.

Among the photographs are portraits of individuals, groups, landscapes and interiors.

Digital versions have become a permanent part of Brent Museum and Archives collection.

Gallerist and writer Laura Noble specially curated the exhibition.

In January 2021, Hoxton Mini Press published a photobook to accompany the exhibition.

It included introductory text from Autograph’s director Mark Sealy and novelist Caryl Phillips.

Installation shot REVIVAL, LONDON 1989-1993 by Roy Mehta
Installation shot REVIVAL, LONDON 1989-1993 by Roy Mehta

Roy Mehta

Roy Mehta has been working as an artist, educator and commercial photographer for more than 30 years.

His work has been specifically concerned with ideas around cultural identity and belonging.

This reflects his own background – his parents originated from India and settled in Wembley in the 1960s.

Find out more about Mehta and his projects here.

Exhibition details

REVIVAL, LONDON 1989-1993 is on at The Exhibition Space, Second Floor, The Library at at Willesden Green now.

The exhibition closes on May 29.

Click here for more information on opening hours.

Spectrum Photographic is the exhibition sponsor and produced Ilford Prestige Smooth Pearl Giclée prints mounted to Dibond for the show.

The work is also supported by Brent 2020 London Borough of Culture and the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant.

Copies of the photobook have been donated to the local community through libraries, schools and colleges.