2017 - ONGOING
In this ongoing series Mitchell Moreno (they/them) explores the vernacular of the family photograph and album. Occupying an ambiguous space between documentary and constructed imagery, the series is centred around the friends, lovers and colleagues who together form the artist's extended queer family.
Foregoing the signposting and othering of much LGBTQ+ imagery, ABIDE focuses instead on quiet moments of domestic intimacy and on the often non-conforming (trans, non-binary, BAME) body as a charged site relating to discourses of power, agency, and identity politics.
Moreno supports their practice by working as a builder and decorator, and they are originally from a large family of builders and tradesmen. Growing up queer in working-class Leicester, they faced rejection and abuse from their biological family and the wider social milieu. Drawing on psychotherapeutic practice, they address this experience by using building materials such as solder, paint stripping poultice, and roofing sealant to queer their family albums. The pages are transformed into formal abstractions, or else are overlaid with new photographs in an imaginative reconstruction of kinship.