Fans For Diversity set to host launch of photography exhibition
The Fans For Diversity Campaign is set to host the launch of a photography exhibition – ‘Fans For Diversity: L’Internationale’ – on Wednesday 12 October from 6pm to 9pm at Oxford House in Bethnal Green.
‘Fans For Diversity: L’Internationale’ will showcase the work of freelance photographer, Liam Aylott, who spent the duration of Euro 2016 following London-based supporters of all 24 countries taking part in the tournament.
The free exhibition is open to all and will run from Thursday 13 October to Thursday 20 October, with guests welcome to pop in at any time between 9am and 10pm.
Shot from a fan’s perspective, ‘Fans For Diversity: L’Internationale’ captures football supporters watching Euro 2016 matches from many of the capital’s best pubs and bars and are a celebration not only of their passion for football, but also of diversity in one of the world’s most multicultural cities.
Liam’s work was supported by the Fans For Diversity campaign, a joint-led initiative between Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) launched in March 2014, which helps to encourage and facilitate fan-led events and activity that celebrates equality and diversity in football.
Liam, a London-based documentary photographer who has been an avid follower of Manchester United for more than 20 years, explained why he was passionate about the project.
“London has more nationalities than any other city in the world, so I set out to photograph them watching the Euros – I wanted the project to be a celebration of diversity in the city,” he said. “Shooting this project heightened my consciousness of how hugely important different cultures and communities are to London, for me it’s one of the main things that make it such a great city.”
Anwar Uddin, who leads on the Fans For Diversity campaign, praised the project and expressed his excitement in anticipation of October’s exhibition launch.
“This is exactly the sort of initiative that we aim to support through the Fans For Diversity Fund. Liam’s project is just a brilliant celebration of everything that’s great about football – fans from a range of different backgrounds coming together for one game in support of their team.”
The address for the exhibition is Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG.
You can view more of Liam’s work on his website at www.liamaylott.co.uk.