The Influence Project - Lalah Hathaway

The Influence Project

27 Jun – 22 Aug 2018
East Wing Galleries
East Wing

Featuring never-seen-before photographic portraits of pioneers of R&B, Funk, Soul, Afrobeat and Hip Hop.

Congolese, London-based photographer Alexis Chabala and producer Lorayne Crawford have captured the characters of both icons and contemporary artists, from George Clinton, Shuggie Otis, Bill Withers and Candi Staton to Mark Ronson, Michael Kiwanuka, Aloe Blacc and Laura Mvula, both of whom have previously performed as part of Summer Series at Somerset House.

Fantastic Negrito
Fantastic Negrito
George Clinto
George Clinton

The Influence Project will investigate the connections between these established and emerging pioneers, reaching across time to shape the sound that we hear today. Portraits will be accompanied by quotes and details from artists who have been influenced by them, highlighting the history and the significance of their music throughout the generations. 

The show will also include a new film featuring artists talking candidly on camera about their inspirations and a unique soundtrack will fill the gallery floor.

Header image: Lalah Hathaway by Alexis Chabala