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: