Exhibitions & Reviews
Sony World Photography Awards 2018
Mitchell’s honest and raw portraits explore social movement. Mitchell depicts the relationship between subject and environment, demonstrating how the situation can define circumstances and ultimately effect who you are and where your life is likely to go.
Hazel Simcox review of Sony World Photography Awards on Photomonitor
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
When We Were Young | Photographs of Childhood from the National Galleries of Scotland
'Margaret's long term documentation of her sister's family traces the loves and losses of her nieces and nephew, and their subsequent families, over 20 years. It's a fascinating and moving personal study but also provides a broader comment about Scotland's economy and social mobility.
Her photographs present the relatable qualities found in most families - tenderness, dysfunction, survival and love, but also provide a backdrop to Scotland and its current economic structure.'
Fiona Rogers, Firecracker.
'Margaret Mitchell’s images are made from the heart. They speak of this modern world we live in, there is a sincerity and depth of emotion to this work that resonates long beyond the initial view'
Royal Photographic Society IPE 160 Selector, curator Zelda Cheatle
Street Level Photoworks
Ambit: Photographies from Scotland
"I want the viewer to ask themselves a question about how society operates, how choice is related to opportunity and environment. To see that lives are complex and that sometimes people choose what they do because actually, not much has been offered in the first place."
'The stand out work is Margaret Mitchell's In This Place, an intimate family documentary that also relates to huge social and political questions.
Stunning environmental portraits balance vulnerability and strength, and interior and exterior details of their homes reveal a sense of stasis, alternating between frustration and acceptance. A limited edition newsprint publication accompanies the work, and gallery visitors who don't at least flip through it are missing out.
Beautifully constructed text adds important nuances and background on these individual's stories, relating them to wider questions of class, urban renewal, and as the artist says 'choice -do we have choices in life or are some predetermined to an extent or made for us?'
Clare Samuels review of Ambit: Photographies from Scotland on Photomonitor.