Nina Manandhar
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Commission

Thamesmead - A Town For The 21st Century

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Thamesmead Estate is famous in the public imagination for its use as a location for both Clockwork Orange and Misfits, but what about its place in the imagination of its residents? What began as portrait commission to document the residents of Thamesmead ahead of the large-scale regeneration has become a wider photographic exploration into everyday expressions of cultural activity which already exist, with a focus on how creativity is manifested through elements of personalisation.

Since 2017 I have been working closely with the residents to explore how they re-imagine the landscape, and create their own spaces, behind the Brutalist facade. From the boots of Anthony Okin, the 90 year old 'Thamesmead Cowboy', the Bharatnatyam performances of young dancers Neha and Ruhi, to the wheels of Dave Dashwood's 8 classic cars, to the Sunday attire of the local Fathers House Community Choir, to the customised Tudor frontages – all reflect individuals attempts to make their mark on the landscape. With additional styling by Siobhan Lyons.

The work is currently on display at RIBA alongside lesser known architectutal work shot in Thamesmead in the 1970's by Tony Ray Jones, more info here.

Nina Manandhar’s photographs and curated projects explore contemporary global youth identity and the meaning of style. Driven by an enduring interest in people, underpinning her work is a will to champion authenticity in commercial and arts based commissions alike.

Recent clients and project partners include Nike, Mr Porter, Adidas, Tate, Getty, The British Council, Brownwood Recordings and Ellesse. Her editorial content has been featured in Vogue, FT Weekend, LAW, i-D, Dazed, It’s Nice That, Riposte. She is the author of ‘What We Wore – A People’s History of British Style’ (Prestel) a photographic documentary of street culture and subculture from 1950–2010 through the lens of the people living it.

  • Adidas

  • Brownswood

  • British Council

  • Dr Martens

  • Dazed

  • Fader

  • FT Weekend

  • Getty Images Creative

  • Ellesse

  • ICA

  • i-D

  • LAW

  • Mr Porter

  • Nike

  • NTS Radio

  • Riposte

  • Rough Trade

  • SHOWStudio

  • Tate

  • Vogue

Guest Lectures

It’s Nice That, SOAS, London College of Fashion, Riposte Live! Middlesex University, University for the Creative Arts, Liverpool John Moores, Central St Martins, The Photographers Gallery, Southampton Solent, Norwich University of the Arts, Camberwell Collge of Art and Design, Four Corners Gallery, London School of Social Entrepreneurs.

Panels

  • 'Style Futures' for Mixcloud (Panel Chair)
  • 'Art, Branding and Cultural Relevancy' for Crowd DNA
  • 'Dance, Fashion and Identity' for Fashion Space Gallery
  • 'Reflections on Multiculturalism in the 1990's' Autograph APB
  • 'Our Time - Documenting Youth Culture' Protein Gallery
  • 'Londons Multicultural Design DNA' Now Gallery
  • 'Here We Are' for Burberry, Old Sessions House
  • 'The Radical Eye' The Human Library, Tate Modern
  • 'Studying The Street, From Skinheads to Soho' In Conversation with Derek Ridgers
  • ‘Why Fashion Matters?’ hosted by Frances Corner for Manchester Art Gallery
  • ‘Soho and Shifting London’ The Photographers Gallery (Panel Chair)
  • ‘Photography and The Archive’ The Photographers Gallery
  • ‘British Style and Subculture: Then and Now’ i-D Magazine (Panel Chair)
  • ‘Everybody Street’ ICA with Cheryl Dunn (Panel Chair)
  • ‘Documenting Youth’ hosted by Ewen Spencer at Ditto Press
  • ‘Youth-quake’ Hosted by LS:N Global
  • ‘Power, Technology and Myth’ Tate Modern
  • ‘Space is the Place’ Arcola Theatre
  • ‘Social Networks and Arts relationship to Music and Fashion’ ICA
  • ‘My City Too’ Stephen Laurence Trust
  • ‘Women in Arts and Enterprise’ Powersuit, Shoreditch House

Participatory Projects

  • Cultural Canvas - Tate Gallery
  • 'Fashion Undressed' Photography Masterclasses - The Southbank Centre
  • ‘Stories Uncovered - The London Archive’ South London Gallery, Black Cultural Archives, 198 Contemporary Learning, Octavia, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Collective.
  • ‘Fashion DNA: Image Makers’ British Council Nigeria
  • ‘What We Wore - LIVE ARCHIVE’ - V&A Museum, Tate Gallery
  • ‘Streetstyle Photography Workshops’ BBC Radio 1 Academy
  • ‘Make a Fanzine Workshops’ The W Project x Nike
  • ‘ISYS x Paved With Gold - A City Symphony’ - Tate Modern
  • 'The Cut Magazine' - Paddington Development Trust
Vogue, Central St Martins, London Fashion Week, Nina Manandhar

CSM LFW 2018 Showcase for Vogue

Vogue, Central St Martins, London Fashion Week, Nina Manandhar
Vogue, Central St Martins, London Fashion Week, Nina Manandhar
Vogue, Central St Martins, London Fashion Week, Nina Manandhar

CSM LFW 2018 Showcase for Vogue

Vogue, Central St Martins, London Fashion Week, Nina Manandhar
Cricketers, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Cricketers Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Cricketers, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Cricketers Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Cricketers, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Cricketers Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Cricketers, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Cricketers Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Lionel Wendts, Ceylon

Research from Lionel Wendts 'Ceylon'

Research from Lionel Wendts 'Ceylon'

Tehching Hsieh, Its Nice That

Tehching Hsieh for Its Nice That

Tehching Hsieh, Its Nice That

Tehching Hsieh for Its Nice That

Tehching Hsieh, Its Nice That
will self, psycogeography, stockwell bus station

Will Self for Les Inrocks

Moses Sumney, The Fader, Nina Manandhar

Moses Sumney for The Fader

Moses Sumney, The Fader, Nina Manandhar

Moses Sumney for The Fader

Vince Cable, Ballroom Dancing, Foxtrot, Nina Manandhar, FT Weekend

Vince Cable for the FT Weekend 'Out Of Office'

Vince Cable, Ballroom Dancing, Foxtrot, Nina Manandhar, FT Weekend

Vince Cable for the FT Weekend 'Out Of Office'

Vince Cable, Ballroom Dancing, Foxtrot, Nina Manandhar, FT Weekend

Vince Cable for the FT Weekend 'Out Of Office'

Boating Lake, Thamesmead Archive, Research

Thamesmead Archive, Research

Common Reed, Thamesmead Archive, Research

Thamesmead Archive, Research

Thamesmead Archive

Thamesmead Archive, Research

Big Shaan by Dana Lixenenberg, 1991, Research

Lion Farm Estate, Robert Clayton, Research

Rex Orange County, The Fader, By Nina Manandhar

Rex Orange County for The Fader

Rex Orange County, The Fader, By Nina Manandhar
Rex Orange County, The Fader, By Nina Manandhar

By Derek Ridgers, London 1987, Research

Marika Hackman, Rough Trade, Nina Manandhar

Marika Hackman for Rough Trade

Marika Hackman, Rough Trade, Nina Manandhar
Marika Hackman, Rough Trade, Nina Manandhar
Marika Hackman, Rough Trade, Nina Manandhar
Tristan Piggot

Tristan Piggot for Rough Trade

Beefeater X Vice, Hackney London Boroughs

Liam Hodges for Beefeater X Vice, Hackney

Beefeater X Vice, Hackney

Akinola for Beefeater X Vice, Hackney

Gynelle for for Beefeater X Vice, Hackney

Akram Zaatari Hashem El Madani, 1950s Lebanon Research

High Street Kensington by Al Vandenberg, 1976

East End Couple, Bandele Tej Anjetunmobi, 1971, Research

East End Couple, Bandele Tej Anjetunmobi, 1971, Research

Nina Manandhar, Dayme Arocena, Brownswood

Dayme Arocena in Havana for Brownswood

Nina Manandhar, Dayme Arocena, Brownswood
Nina Manandhar, Dayme Arocena, Brownswood
Nina Manandhar
Nina Manandhar
Nina Manandhar, Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan for Rough Trade

Nina Manandhar, Fader, AJ Tracey

AJ Tracey for The Fader

Nina Manandhar, Fader, AJ Tracey

Raju Vaidyanathan, Brick Lane Born

Raju Vaidyanathan, Brick Lane Born

Nimshi for Dharma Taylor

Will Carruthers (Spiritualized) for Rough Trade

Nina Manandhar, RAY BLK
Nina Manandhar, RAY BLK
Nina Manandhar, RAY BLK

Ray BLK for The Fader

Nina Manandhar, RAY BLK

Ray BLK for The Fader

Wheelies + Willow, Thamesmead

Houseproud, Thamesmead

Hot Wheels, Thamesmead

Lagos Looks

Lagos Looks