Placing Home (work-in-progress)
Eglinton Hotel in Galway, on the West Coast of Ireland, was once a popular seaside resort hotel, with an enviable view across the bay towards the Clare Hills and the Aran Islands. Since 2000 it has been a Direct Provision centre, housing people from many different countries seeking asylum.
Traces, with Marisa Garreffa (work-in-progress)
Born out of Marisa Garreffa's "Rituals of Healing" series, in which she explores through live ritual her own history as a survivor of violence, Marisa and I reflected on traces and residues of trauma, creating images that spoke directly to memory: fragments, elements, emotions and echoes.
The Fragile Oasis
The small oasis town of M’Hamid El Ghizlane, twenty miles from the Morocco-Algeria border, was once the meeting place for traditional trans-Saharan caravans. Climate change and desertification have a devastating impact on the communities that live here. As the Sahara expands north, it consumes valuable arable land. The dwellings in depopulated villages start to crumble, reclaimed by the dunes - a stark reminder of both the hostility and fragility of the desert environment.
Theyyam – Living Deities
The Theyyam artists are in a trance when they begin their ritual performances. The Oracle, or 'Revealer of Light' leads a hypnotic dance around the fire, accompanied by pulsating drums. As the Theyyams circle the temple compound, surveying the audience, the flames burn with increased vigour. The atmosphere is edgy and intense.