2017 - ongoing
This ongoing series explores the vernacular of the family photograph and album. Through a diaristic process I document the friends, lovers and colleagues who together form my extended queer family. ABIDE is particularly focused on moments of domestic intimacy and on the non-conforming (trans, non-binary, non-white) body as a charged site relating to discourses of power, agency, and identity politics.
Growing up queer in working-class Leicester, I faced rejection and hostility from my biological family and the wider social milieu. Drawing on psychotherapeutic practice, I address this experience through queering childhood photo albums. Removing/ defacing photographs of my biological family, and replacing/overlaying them with ones of my chosen family, I investigate the imaginative reconstruction of kinship and the fantasy of a queer utopia.