Heterotopia

This work features photographs made with people whom I met in Belfast shortly after I arrived in Northern Ireland.


Some of the group volunteered at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, just outside Belfast, and I went with them. We would clean the old buildings at the museum and spend time reflecting on our life experiences. It was during these intimate occasions that we learned more about each other and formed connections.


I felt privileged to witness how the lives of these individuals had converged in that one place and at that one point in time, due to circumstances beyond their control, and with that in mind, I decided to title the body of work ‘Heterotopia’.


Philosopher, Michel Foucault, describes ‘heterotopia’ as a place of ‘otherness’. Heterotopia comprises the physical state of being in one place, while contemporaneously being present elsewhere, emotionally or spiritually. Together we were sharing this heterotopia where we could relate our experiences and support one another in our new lives, while still living in the memories of home.


Being born into a specific set of circumstances is not a choice that any of us make, but it undoubtedly shapes the way that our lives evolve. 


To contemplate how life would be different had one been born elsewhere and into a different social situation - the lottery of birth.

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