I’m honoured to have been asked to display work from my recent ‘Home’ project as part of the upcoming Document Film Festival, the international human rights documentary film festival which is running in Glasgow for its 12th year, and based at the CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) in Glasgow. My images will be on display in the Saramago Bar, upstairs in the CCA, from 5pm on Thursday 9th October, until the end of the festival on Sunday 12th October.
The weekend is filled with loads of brilliant documentaries on all sorts of human rights issues, so make sure to check some of them out!
Working with people who have moved to Scotland from elsewhere, I have undertaken a research-based photographic exploration of the concept of home. The participants come from a wide range of backgrounds and from a variety of countries including Peru, Afghanistan, Slovakia, Italy, Lithuania, the USA and Somalia. With so much negative media attention surrounding the issue of immigration, not only in the UK but also around the world, this project is an attempt to counteract this harmful rhetoric and celebrate the diversity that immigration creates. While the objects photographed are specific to individuals, the body of work as a whole demonstrates the universality of some of the main indicators of home, with family, friendship and culture at the forefront. While the specifics may change, there is a commonality in the things that we as human beings hold dear.