Ex Nihilo, translates to 'Out of Nothing', referring to my Father's use of prosthetic legs. The series documents the interior spaces of Dorset Orthopaedic Limited, who are the manufacturers of my Father's limbs. The spaces documented allow the viewer to enter the image visually and engage with an over-arching theme of non-domestic, and arguably banal interiors. However, upon closer inspection, greater detail is revealed in the images though what looks like a staged composition. I used the camera and the documentary medium as a means for addressing my relationship with my Father's disability as a result of the drug Thalidomide. Crucially the series aims to bring awareness of the world of prothetic limbs, a world not often seen, challenging the viewer to engage in a subject-matter with which they may be unfamiliar.
Monica Almada Gouveia • Joe Chuter • Jazmin Hunt • James Moriarty-Simmonds • Charli Scally • Lucy Scott • Gabrielle Swales •