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Alexandra Wilson Trinity College portrait

Alexandra Wilson (2013, PPE) is featured in Trinity College’s new exhibition in the Library reading room. The exhibition highlights the work of jurists and scholars of colour.

Organised by Trinity College Fellow Professor Katherine Ibbett, the exhibition highlights a diverse group of scholars and writers  from the UK and beyond. The sitters were nominated by fellows of Trinity, focussing on scholars whose work they want to introduce to the wider college community.

Alexandra is a barrister specialising in criminal and family law. After studying PPE at Univ she did a graduate diploma and Master’s in Law at BPP University. She received the first ever Queen’s scholarship at Middle Temple. Her first book, In Black and White: A Young Barrister’s Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System, was published last September. Her debut fiction book, The Witness, is due to come out in 2022. She recently spoke on Pandora Sykes’s podcast Doing it Right about what the law gets wrong.

Other portrait sitters include professor of international law Dapo Akande, classical scholar Katherine Harloe, poet and literary critic Tsitsi Ell Jaji, physical chemist Carla Pérez-Martínez, French scholar Debarati Sanyal and mathematician Pranav Singh.

The portraits were created in lockdown, with photographer Ben Peter Catchpole working remotely with the subjects via Zoom. Each subject’s laptop served as a camera, and subjects were photographed at home. The results are fuzzily informal and suggest the real warmth of each encounter.

The exhibition will be launched on Thursday 28 October and tickets can be booked here. The portraits are also available to view online at Ben Peter Catchpole’s website.

Published: 21 October 2021

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