Country: St. Kitts and Nevis
Residence: United Kingdom
Artist Type: Photographer and Filmmaker
Contributing Writer: Alan Fair
Pogus Caesar is a film maker and photojournalist. He has produced and directed programmes for BBC, Central and Carlton TV. He has exhibited widely and worked in South Africa, India, Albania, USA and Jamaica.
In the 1980s Caesar became director of the West Midlands Ethnic Minority Arts Service. He was also the first Chairman of Birmingham International Film & Television Festival. For the Arts Council of Great Britain he has curated and contributed to major shows by black British artists including Into the Open (1984) and Caribbean Expressions in Britain (1986).
In the 1980s Caesar worked in television on Channel 4’s Black on Black (1985), then as producer and director of entertainment, sport and multi cultural programmes for Central Television, Carlton Television and the BBC. Pogus’ productions at Central Television included I’m Black in Britain (1995), at Carlton Television – Respect (1995), and Drumbeat (1999), and at the BBC – A-Force (1997).
He formed a production company, Windrush Productions in 1993, whose credits include the award winning multi-cultural series Xpress (1995), and independent films such as Forward Backward – Backward Never (2002), Francesca’s Key (2007), The Diver (2009) and Aaliyah Live in Amsterdam (2010).
As a photographer and artist he has worked in countries including Spain, India, South America, Sweden, South Africa, UK, Albania and Jamaica documenting the lives of diverse communities. He has also photographed artists, musicians, poets, sportspeople and politicians. His photographs are in private and public collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; City Gallery, Leicester; Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield; Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
In 2004 Caesar established OOM Gallery which houses his extensive photographic archives. OOM Gallery collaborates with the private, public and voluntary sector by developing and producing a diverse range of multimedia projects.
Caesar’s first book Muzik Kinda Sweet was published in 2010, his second book Sparkbrook Pride in 2011. He was also given the Westmore Ezekiel Award by the Birmingham Black International Film Festival for his contribution to British television.
Selected exhibitions include, Muzik Kinda Sweet: British Music Experience,02, London. That Beautiful Thing: Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Break In The Seal: Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry. Into The Open: Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield. Caribbean Expressions in Britain: Leicester Museum & Art Gallery. Pogus Caesar Paintings: Cartwright Hall, Bradford. instamatic Views of New York: Museum of Film & Photography, Bradford. Religion, Slavery and Diaspora: Horniman Museum & Garden, London Seeing Slavery: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke – on – Trent. Pattern Recognition: The City Gallery, Leicester
Representation: Autograph ABP, London UK. www.autograph-abp.co.uk