Ambient, transitional light; mutable surfaces; images of the endotic and the anti sublime make manifest a view that's somewhat compromised in its’ making. The work reflexively explores the experience of the migrant - the temporal fragility of the lives of those who must leave. It articulates their strategies of survival and assimilation in photographs tempered by the mores, sanctions, and beliefs of the country in which they were made.
Located in the march between autocracy and democracy, the images allude to the conservative nature of the host society being explored. The photographs act as both apertures of seeing and archeological density maps - physical and conceptual ways of articulating being ‘in-between’ - stay or go? Belong here or belong there?
This work was made in partial fulfillment of the Master of Arts in Photography qualification at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University. It was exhibited at the Belfast Exposed Gallery as part of the Belfast Photo Festival from June 2nd to July 15th 2022.
The project was chosen by Ben Harman, Director of Stills Gallery Edinburgh, as one of his MA/MFA selections for Source Magazine's showcase for emerging photographic talent in 2022.