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Pembroke College JCR Art Collection in collaboration with Jermaine Francis and the Photo Oxford Festival, is delighted to present...

A Pleasant Land, A History Deferred


"In this specially commissioned body of work photographer and artist, Jermaine Francis has worked with the Pembroke College JCR Art Collection, Pembroke Students, and the Pembroke College archives to address the absence of the Black voice in the traditional representations of the English Pastoral.

Francis interrogates the idea of the Pastoral Landscape as a space of neutrality - politically & ideologically - where the relationship to the Black presence is alien due to its historical absence


Adopting montage as a visual strategy and by combining archive and constructed non didactic, contemporary scenarios, Francis attempts to act as a conduit - immersing the viewer in a visual dialogue that can be dialectical."

Private Viewing and Drinks Reception: (RSVP Required)

Wednesday 26 April 2023 | 18:00 - 19:30

Pembroke College Gallery | 5 Brewer Street, Oxford, OX1 1QN  


Talk: (RSVP Required)

Friday 5 May 2023 | 17:30 start with gallery open for 30-45 mins after

Pembroke College, Pichette Auditorium


14 April - 30 April 2023

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays | 14:00 - 16:00

Free Admission

About the Artist:

Jermaine Francis is a London based Photographer. His practice works within, Documentary & Portraiture, in the format of personal driven Photo projects & Editorials, exploring the issues that arise from our interaction in the everyday environment.  

He has published two books, Something that seems so Familiar in 2020  and Rhythms from the Metroplex in 2021; He is currently working on a third book with publishers Here Press.

His work can be found in publications including I-D, Beauty Papers, Autre Magazine, Twin, 10 Magazine, Sixteen Journal, More or Less Magazine, Office, Wall Street Journal, and Disegno. He has also had written work featured in publications such as Beauty Papers and The British Journal of Photography.


Jermaine's most recent exhibition was 'A Storied Ground' which was displayed at the GaleriePCP in Paris. He has also exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and the International Centre of Photography.

You can find out more about Jermaine and his wider body of work at

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