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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: 

'ALIENATION' OPENS TODAY IN MOSCOW

After the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, which opened last Thursday at the National Portrait Gallery in London, my work will be exhibited at the A3 Gallery in Moscow too as part of the ALIENATION art show. Very proud of seeing JUAN — one of the three photographs included in the exhibition — being picked for the official poster designed to promote the event. 

The A3 Gallery's press release, roughly translated from Russian, reads: 

« The exhibition 'ALIENATION' will be on at the A3 Gallery from 24 November till 4 December. It features artworks by 37 artists from all sorts of backgrounds and many different countries - England, Russia, Germany, Canada, Italy, South Korea and Serbia among the others. 
'ALIENATION' is a touring exhibition that has been on show in London, New York, Philadelphia and that, after Moscow, will head to Athens — with additions from new artists stop after stop. 
The exhibition explores the importance of the state of our physical form and the various layers of our psyche, along with the way it responds to the changes of out environment. The main concept behind the artworks is how our social environment alienates us — as individuals or groups — and how sometimes it is us who choose to distance ourselves from that very environment. »