The source images were produced to satisfy the conditions of the Hadfield Trust Creative Travel Grant 2019. I proposed a project which would investigate the cultural and aesthetic implications of country borders, during a period of bike-travel from the UK to Greece, following a personal migratory line. The project was completed in December 2019. In the wake of global events, these ‘soft’ Schengen constructs became increasingly defined, and the findings of the project were rendered problematic. I returned to the images in search of meaning but found only vague proof of an historical experience. The camera-phone snapshots appeared now more evidential and ‘present’ than any formal compositions. In frustration, I deleted portions of these images, replacing them with algorithmic content and withdrawing a degree of control from their production. In this process, the visuality is informed solely by the existing image. Now, any meaning is applied, rather than determined - an evocation of experiencing socio-political events as hopelessly circular, pervasive, and ambiguously consuming. What follows are fractured images of removal and repetition.
Gabriel Baker Bennett • Jonny Cartwright • Matthew Cox • Lena Crowe • Hannah Faith Jackson • Kimberlee Messenger • Alex O'Brien • Joshua Smith •