A solo exhibition of portrait photography from London-based artist Reuben Bastienne-Lewis.

The work featured in Parachute is a diaristic photographic record, capturing intimate portraits of people, places and events around him, forming a visual autobiography enlivened by friendship, family, community and love.

Through the documentation of his friends and peers, some of them being part of the music and arts scenes in South London, he has encapsulated and recorded youth culture where he grew up, an ongoing process that he begun in his early teenage years. Compiled into a record of a collective experience and memory, as a group of familiars embarking on the journey from adolescence into adulthood.

Experiencing death at a young age triggered a compulsion to record his memories of the loved ones around him and immortalise them through taking photos.

The title of the show is a metaphor about growing up, having trust in your process and falling into the unknown future, with the people around you, making sense of your surroundings and guiding each other along the way.

The exhibition coincides with the launch of a photobook under the same title, which is for sale in the gallery.

Co-presented by Phoenix Art Space and Brighton Festival.

Join us for an extended opening of the exhibition on Friday 19 May, 18.00 – 20.30.

Join us on Saturday 27 May, 11am – 1pm for a family workshop inspired by Reuben’s photographs. Click here to find out more.



The galleries at Phoenix Art Space are open Wednesday – Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00 during exhibition dates.

  • You do not need to book in advance of your visit. Entry is free.
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  • Sanitizer is available throughout the building.
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