CONTACTTouch, the physical act of connecting with another person, even a stranger is a powerful expression. It creates an instant intimacy where none existed before. This series of photographs follows three refugees and asylum seekers who offer free services to other asylum seekers and refugees which all revolve around the intimate sense of touch, a masseuse, a henna tattooist and a hairdresser. The dichotomy of the life of an asylum seeker in Northern Ireland, a lonely existence alongside this human interaction offers an inverse symmetry to the series. This series looks at the way the subjects can achieve a state of trust and intimacy with others that has previously been denied them.
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