TO PLACE WITH CARE
(exhibited at Sluice HQ in London as part of the group exhibition Field/s curated by Thom Bridge. It was further included in "A Woman's Work" two-year European collaborative project organised by Ffotogallery and as a result as part of their publication with the same title, 2021. https://ffotogallery.org/programme/a-womans-work.)
To Place with Care explore habitual movement, dependency and support structures while questioning the female role as the care-taker. The work developed from re-staging 1960s vintage photographs and instruction manuals of nurses practicing how to lift a patient, imagining a weight that is not yet there. The training of this activity required preparative, repetitive gestures in absence of the patient which initiate a choreography of habit and muscle memory. Interest lays in the idea of rehearsal and the fictive, performative nature of the photograph. A banality emerges from the empty gestures, focus shift on the supporting rather than the supported body.
(background image; found footage through Still Life magazine)