This is a work of the outskirts – the landscapes of hard, shimmering heat, of hostile scrub, of torn and shredded paper blown about in dust. The fragility of life on the urban fringes is revealed in a range of absences – blank surfaces, dead ends, darkness.
On a nondescript plain a disused, dilapidated billboard is restored with fields of dense gold threadwork. The thread is an acknowledgement, a moment of attention, an offering; the work is a gesture, a thought, an exchange.
This work is made in collaboration with photojournalist Alkis Konstantinidis, whose compelling images of recent social unrest in Athens triggered a dialogue between us as strangers. In working over and through the work of Alkis I witness something of what another has witnessed, however small, and I respond. The photojournalistic process of documentation, distribution and presentation moves beyond the dispassionate registration of images of contemporary events – it re-contextualises a moment in time and humanises the image-maker.