20.03.2022  •  Art NEWS

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GOSEE ART presents :  ‘Drummies’ by photographer Alice Mann, a book published at Gost

This long-term project by Alice Mann, born in South Africa and home away from home in London, explores the unique sport of drum majorettes. The images by the photographer depict the magnificently colored subculture surrounding all-female teams of drum majorettes affectionately known as ‘drummies.’

We quote : “The sport has a long history in South Africa, but in recent years, participation in the sport has dropped dramatically. However, in many marginalized communities, it is still taken seriously and considered a highly competitive sport. For those involved, being a ‘drummie’ is a privilege – an achievement, indicative of success, hard work and commitment both on and off the field. Participants often gain a sense of belonging and self-worth in communities where opportunities for young women can be severely limited.”

Alice Mann on her project : “This is part of my ongoing work, exploring notions of femininity and empowerment in modern society. With my continued investigation into this subculture, I hope that these images can communicate the pride and confidence these girls have achieved through identifying as ‘drummies,’ in a context where they face many social challenges. I want these images to function as a testament to the commitment and determination of these young female athletes, in a world where so many sporting opportunities are still focused on men.”


About – Alice Mann (b.1991) is a South African photographic artist whose intimate portraiture essays explore notions of picture making as an act of collaboration. She aims to create images that empower her subjects and creates projects over extended periods, allowing for engaged and nuanced representations. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Red Hook Labs (NYC), Unseen Photo Fair (Amsterdam), Addis Foto Fest (Addis Ababa), the International Centre of Photography NYC), and at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair ( London). Mann’s personal and commissioned work has been published internationally in periodicals such as The Guardian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Artsy, British Vogue, The British Journal of Photography, and National Geographic.


Drummies – Alice Mann, published by GOST Books, English, 128 pages, hardcover. Size: 9.7 x 0.7 x 11.7 inches . ISBN-10‏: ‎ 1910401668 . ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1910401668 . Price: 60 dollars.

GoSee : amazon.com//Alice-Mannalicemann.co.uk

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

Alice Mann "Drummies" published by GOST

 
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