About Cutbacks

100x120cm each, 5 fibre-based archival photographs, mounted on board, collaged, with acrylic paint, 2017

The collages are made from abandoned photographic posters I found in a cellar in one of the buildings, which used to belong to the mill. The images, produced in early 1980s, were displayed outside of the mill celebrating its people and machines. Working with the found photographs as objects that have been deemed worthless or neglected by someone I question existing values and norms, and I direct attention to abandonment and marginalisation as political practices. By cutting people’s figures out, and then, filling them with hand-painting pattern, so familiar to many contemporaries, I try to reflect on the pain of lost the community has and how they are left with disregard in big profits decision making during the transitional times for the post-industrial region.