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Challenging the Aesthetics of Youth: Kaia Charles in conversation with Nina Manandhar and Theo White


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Our final talk in the NOW Gallery digital series will bring together photographer Nina Manandhar and Artistic Director and Stylist Theo White. Manandhar and White will share their collection of photographic works which navigate evolving British youth subcultures.

Individually, their work celebrates the multi-layered identities of Black and Brown youth and re-inforces their freedom to express.

We revisit Manandhar’s and White’s commissions for NOW Gallery’s Human Stories photographic series and catch up on their lockdown stories as well as look forward to new work on the horizon.


Nina Manandhar’s photographs and curated projects explore contemporary global youth identity and the meaning of style. Driven by an enduring interest in people, underpinning her work is a will to champion authenticity in commercial and arts- based commissions alike. She is the author of What We Wore – A People’s History of British Style, published by Prestel.

Notable collaborations:

Vogue, SHOWStudio, FT Weekend, FADER, Getty, Burberry, British Council, Dazed, Christie’s, i-D, Sony, Nike, Sotheby’s, ICA, Adidas, Brownswood, Mr Porter, TATE, Riposte, LAW.


Theo White (b. 1988 Trelawny Jamaica) is a London based Art Director & Stylist.

Theo’s work strives to give a platform to the Black Queer Youth and wider community, whilst also aiming to subvert stereotypes around race and gender within contemporary Britain.

Since launching TheoWhiteZine his debut printed publication in 2017 he has collaborated with Gucci, Nowness, Off-White, The CUT, Dazed, Nike, TATE and a host of artists including Wizkid, Cosmo Pyke and AJ Tracey to create arresting and uplifting imagery.

White has recently launched the lockdown publication 6ft Zine with contributions from Anish Kapoor, Edward Enninful and Ruth Ossai to name a few.


Curated by Kaia Charles, Human Stories at NOW Gallery is a series of annual photographic displays that encourages a contemporary discourse on modern life and the human scale. By engaging with modern and progressive communities, artists, photographers, historians, filmmakers, writers and thinkers, Human Stories translates these messages into compelling visual displays.

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