The Extended Self

The installation ‘The Extended Self’ challenges ideas at the root of biological individuality and moves away from Western individualistic ideologies which present human beings as conscious, unique and therefore inevitably disconnected entities, where humans believe themselves to be masters of the system rather than part of it. Galilei noted that we are not at the centre of the universe, Darwin noted that we are not so different from other living beings, Freud noted that we do not possess power over even our own mind. Shifting our perception from ego to eco-centric, Modern Microbiology raises our awareness that many of our bodily processes are composed by genes that are in fact not ours, but belong to the symbiotic bacteria living on and inside us.

The ability of the microbiome to protect us is the cause of a major ontological identity crisis in Biology. This is because unlike other bodily processes, the microbiome doesn’t stay in one place, it flows between and among individuals and their environments, connecting us all into one biological being. Since our immune system is a cornerstone of our biological identity, the definer of “self” from “nonself”, what does it mean that part of it is continuously shared and exchanged among individuals? In our proposed installation, microbiomes are depicted as coloured water representing a primal essence of life and feeding individual flowers. The essence reflected on the individual travels through a network of chromatographic thread, forming gradients where it connects two individuals with different microbiomes. Flowers connected to others will share and mix their essence and this will be reflected by colour changes. Individual flowers with only a few connections will have a fainter colour than those with many connections, depicting the resilience and strength of the most interconnected individuals with the most diverse essence.

THE SOCIO-PARASITOLOGY MANIFESTO EXHIBITION is based on a Manifesto written by Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan and focuses on the positive aspects of migration, through the lens of the parasite.

During this pivotal period of political change, The Socio-Parasitology Manifesto entails an exhibition of artworks in response to Hasan’s working model Socio-Parasitology. The ambition of this exhibition is to put into discussion the positive parasite-host relationship, as a means of exercising new methods aimed at finding social change by editing the current pejorative perspective of human bodies behaving parasitic towards each other and new hosting environments. The exhibition aspires to further develop the ethnographic context of the social body inclusive of the immigrant – expanding it in an interpersonal science-led narrative as a means of interrogating our existence, usage and value in the current political crisis. The exhibition is in lead up to Brexit and is a polemic act of resistance for positive change in the UK in supporting minority groups, immigrants and the communities we live in.

Press

Press about the exhibition on Hyperallergic

lead artist for the ‘Our Place’ project’ 

I was employed as the lead artist for the ‘Our Place’ project’ at Arts at the Old Fire Station and Crisis Skylight. The project allowed Crisis members to work directly with professional artists to explore a sense of place. Giving homeless or vulnerably housed individuals the opportunity to explore professional art practice and to develop work towards an exhibition within The Arts at the Old Fire Station gallery.

The artists all investigated ideas of what the Old Fire Station means to them in terms of personal development and support, and the work included reference to elements of the unseen and forgotten within the building as well as sense of support and refuge.

Each of the artists pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone to create work that was outside of their normal working practice.

The work within the exhibition acted as a reminder to always look a little deeper and to not take things at face value.

For more information:

https://oldfirestation.org.uk/exhibitions/our-place/

https://oldfirestation.org.uk/2018/09/10/our-place-sept/

Lead artist Processions banner

I lead a workshop in Oxford to make a Processions 2018 banner for OVADA in Oxford. The Processions 2018 event was held on 10th July in London to commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage.

We wanted to involve OVADA’s associate artists and asked them to provide black and white images of strong women, through their families, as the starting point for the banner.

We held the workshop on a day during the Dawn Rose Red festival as a drop in for associate artists to contribute towards the making of the banner. They embroidered letters, painted the background, stitched and ironed.

On 10th June we took the processions 2018 banner to London. Over 30,000 women marched from Hyde Park to Parliament Square.

it was an amazing day to be part of and I am very proud of all the hard work that was put into our fantastic banner.

Latent

textile art about memoryLatent was an exhibition of textile art about memory held at The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras. A visual exploration of residual memory, using impressions left as a metaphor for loss. Whilst expanding on themes surrounding the Bosnian war.

The work explored themes of memory in death, how our memories change when we loose a loved one, but also how memories are indelibly left behind within items, possessions that were once owned including our bones. Forensic Anthropology is a huge influence within my work as well as extensive research of Srebrenica and the war in Bosnia.

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