The Undergraduate Awards

25th May 2018

Having completed my application, I decided to submit today. Below is my application submission.

 

Below is my reflective statement and the images I have chosen to provide.

This body of work considers the experience of becoming decoupled from a homeland. A reflection of an individual state of being and a sense of rootlessness and longing, indicates a sub-conscious social-political element relating to the subject of Diaspora.

Influenced by the work of Mona Hatoum and Emily Jacir, this considers a life lived away from a homeland. Relevance to migration is apparent, and comparisons can be made to these social-political issues.

A symbol of rootedness taken on a migratory journey between the artist’s host country and their homeland,  juxtaposing that sense of rootedness with rootlessness and in-betweenness.

The two photographs Lostand Hopesuggest that sense of feeling lost, not belonging, yet hopeful of a brighter future. Betwixtalludes to that in-between stage experienced during dispersal from a community. Lingershows our traveller waiting to hitch a ride to the next point in his journey. Anabasisemulates a moment to wait at a bus stop and reflect before the journey continues. Pausationrefers to a moment where rest was taken and a panorama found to contemplate.

The film, Outsider is displayed in a triptych, a journey through a homeland, the Outsider represented as part of a migrating community who becomes increasingly alone as his journey continues. Noises from a protest against migration continues as a sub-conscious reference to the social-political context.

Drawing on the work of John Akomfrah, the outsider navigates a seemingly anonymous landscape, lost and isolated with his thoughts and his memories. His suitcase is empty indicating the feeling of loss and emptiness for a life once lead.

The anonymity of the landscape subverts the perception and suggests that this journey could be anywhere. An unidentified location bearing relevance to many that alludes to the fact that stories of migration like this are commonplace.

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