My photographs are the product of research into my identity and mixed cultural heritage. As the son of an English Mother and a Moroccan father, my work shows the coming together of cultures, the conflicts, and juxtapositions created through English and Moroccan culture and their influence on my identity.
My mother is from Sheffield, my father, Casablanca. They met at University in St. Étienne, France and subsequently got engaged and moved to Hull, England, the city in which I was born. I was brought up with no specific religion, only spoke English and visited Morocco only two weeks out of the year. The work considers my western, outsider gaze, cast upon my father’s homeland whilst at the same acknowledging my own sense of never being fully British. My home becomes a Third Space, between cultures, that acts as a constant reminder of my Moroccan and English heritage.
The images are an Intuitive response to both Hull and Fez, reflected through a lens of Post-Colonial Discourse and critical discourse surrounding identity. It draws on the writings of Said, Hall, Bhabha and Gilroy, to explore my personal experience through concepts such as the Third Space, Doubling, Orientalism and a contingent Post-Modern Identity.
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