It’s great to see a new project from Multistorey – what was it about this exhibition that inspired you to reform?
HW– Well, Multistorey has never gone away, Rhonda and I stopped working together full-time in late 2009, when she and Lulu launched Darkroom, and since then it’s been the platform for my solo and collaborative design and creative direction work (alongside my work as an artist). We have rekindled the professional partnership a few times since, for exhibition and retail design projects, and it’s always a pleasure.
Separately, we’d both been talking to Claire Catterall [Director of Exhibitions and Learning] at Somerset House, she’s an old friend and longstanding champion of Multistorey, and she actually suggested that we work together on the Malick Sidibé exhibition, as it seemed a perfect project for us, what with Rhonda’s huge obsession with much African visual culture. Also, more broadly speaking, as I'm now based in Stockholm and Rhonda in London, it's perfect for Multistorey to have a foot in each city.