21.12.86 is a body of work demonstrating the creation of abstract portraits. Each individual image replicates the confusion and how daily mundane tasks can appear overwhelming to my brother. Adam has a rare disability causing cognitive, physical and medical challenges which impact on his everyday skills, which seem banal to us, but are a struggle for him. Everyday tasks we usually learn at a young age like buttering bread, and doing the laundry, Adam still finds challenging at the age of 27. Theorist, Michel de Certeau, has also studied the practice of 'The Everyday' and examines the cultural practices including the repetitiveness of general activities, such as, catching a bus and cooking. His work offers insights into the undervalued and neglected space around us and how people individualise within mass culture. Each photograph contains 100 individual photographs, all a reflection of Adam carrying out an 'Everyday' task each hour. An idea of 100 images compressed into one, reflects how there is a vast amount of information stored within the image, and how overwhelming a 'simplistic' task can be.
Emily Amesbury • Matthew Angell • Lydia Barnard • Scott Bradstock • Rachel Gaffney • Nisha Haq • Sarah Katz • Rosie Knightley • Sophie Rabey • James Robinson • Joe Rose • Rebecca Sharplin-Hughes • Davie Walker • Chihin Wong •