Tia Bannon is an actor, photographer, writer and inter-disciplinary artist from Ladbroke Grove, London. She trained at RADA.
Tia is a self-taught photographer whose work is anchored in exploring identity, embracing culture and finding community. Her approach to image making is intimate, considered and respectful. She’s interested in what it means to re-connect within the diaspora, in all its multitudes, after displacement. And in the practice of shifting the lens and resisting colonialism through portraiture, street and journalistic techniques. Utilising analog traditions, she sees photography as vital tool in the process of documentation, archival curation and lineage collation.
On 29th July 2023, O’Shea Sibley, a dancer and choreographer, was fatally stabbed for voguing at a gas station in Brooklyn.
On August 4th, people gathered in community at the gas station, to celebrate his life and to vogue, on a makeshift runway, as an form of protest against his murder, making it clear to the world:
Vogueing is not a crime
Being queer is not a crime
Being Black is not a crime