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ELLIE ASKED ME...

A few weeks ago I got interviewed by CEN8a community interest company based at Goldsmiths University. It's an interesting project that gets the students involved in the production of a monthly newsletter that goes out to a couple hundred people at Goldsmiths. 

My interview is part of a column called 'Ellie Asks' that features interviews with creative industry professionals about how they got to where they are now and how the students could do the same. 

The interviewer, Layla, saw my photograph WING at the National Portrait Gallery when the Taylor Wessing Prize was on show and got in touch to aske me if I wanted to be featured in the column. You can read the interview HERE.

L I M / N A L @ the Gallery Cafe

Last week opened my first solo exhibition in London. It's called L I M / N A L and will be on until the end of April at THE GALLERY CAFE in Bethnal Green. 

The show brings together photographs I took between 2009 and 2016 - predominantly in London, New York and the Middle East - and wants to document the "movement of a man though the last decade of his life" . 

The term "liminal" gained popularity in the late 60s through the writings of anthropologist Victor Turner. It is derived from the Latin limen, which means "threshold" - the bottom part of a doorway that must be crossed when entering a building. 

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "liminal" as "relating to the transitional or initial stage of a process" and, in his studies of rituals, Turner used it to define that moment in which something, somebody, or somewhere was in a state of transition between two defined states. 

Each photograph - along with poems, bits of dialogue or quotes by people who inspired me - is like a diary entry of my life after I moved to London when I was twenty-four and wants to reflect on the natural experience of growing up in which social relationships begin, change and end with the world in a constant flux. 

Even though my work is strongly autobiographical, after curating L I M / N A L I realised that my main preoccupation is to represent something which, despite being unrepresentable, is yet shared by all of us: in such an improvised dance that life is, we are all wearing dancing shoes, all moving through time. 

Here's a quick preview of what you'll find at the Gallery Cafe: 

THE 'TAYLOR WESSING PORTRAIT PRIZE' OPENS TODAY

The TAYLOR WESSING PORTRAIT PRIZE 2016 is finally here! The exhibition opened this morning and will be at the National Portrait Gallery until 26 February before touring across the UK. The portrait you can see up there it's called WING and is part of a series I'm currently working on called "Boy In Amber"  will be among the 57 photographs selected by the judges out of the 4303 images entered in the competition this year. I am overwhelmed. This is the curator's caption: 

« Forin photographed his partner, Juan David Serna, in Rotherhithe, south-East London. Serna appears frozen in a moment of carefree reverie. The photograph captures an instance of perfect balance, the horizon line between ground and sky intersecting hid body at the waistline of his trousers. »

It makes me happy to know the judges chose this particular photograph among the four I sent them. It is a special one. They say that, in order to take a good portrait of someone, you have to look in their eyes carefully and see if you can find your own reflection there. That's what I think me and Juan managed to do in that moment. When I look at WING I don't see him, I see us.