Jerusalem: Redux (2019-2020).
Digital photographic images.
Jerusalem Redux contains work created during the research period for my Master's Degree. I am a UK citizen born in Leicester but, post-Brexit, my mixed-heritage led to a sense of confusion around my national identity. I began to see myself as ‘in-between’: a hybrid with a sense of belonging now hard to define. I wanted to get to grips with what it means to not know oneself as a result of changing national identity.
The work presented here covers initial photographic journeys of discovery into this issue. For myself and others who were facing similar questions. The work was personal and intimate. I wanted to keep away from the abrasive politics that are part of this subject.
As the project developed, the landscape of England took on an unexpected significance. This led to a sense that the project was somehow in dialogue with the Blakean concept of England. A new Jerusalem. A green, heavenly, rejuvenating land for all.
This exploratory work was foundational to my M.A. final major project Manna.