The Colour of Air
‘The Colour of Air’ is a photographic project that explores and makes visible the fragile reality of a world suffering from environmental poisoning and the complexities of how we try to deal with this. On a recent three-month trip to India, Fiona used 120mm film shot from the back seat of an auto-rickshaw to capture the streets of highly populated cities. The images are an intimate reflection of a diverse social class of inhabitants and their daily existence. On returning to the UK, Fiona subsequently took her material and experimented with polluting them. She poisoned negatives, seared them with flames; making pollution that is invisible, visible. The images were then infused (digitally) with oil corporation colours; pantones of “Vivid Tangelo” and “Oxford Blue”, as a representation of the noxious environment residents and road users are continually exposed to. The fragility of these images re-imagines the disruption caused by humans to the ecosystem.
Bahareh Akbarisafa • Xiaojian Guo • Fiona Macphee • Neve Marinou • Hayden Wilde • Miriam Winsor •