FLOWERS SERIES

Hand-tinted silver gelatin prints
2016-2018

 

These are the flowers I have photographed in different heterotopias - spanning a hospital, aged care facility, morgue, prison, oil refinery, shipping port, service station and the middle-class suburbs of Doha in the Middle East. Within these human-made spaces that are designed to promote privacy, surveillance and production, the flowers are a kitsch contrast to their sterile surroundings.

They make me imagine a dystopian world where simulations of nature and beauty are curated for human-inhabited spaces. On one hand, the flowers are a lie that disguises the death, chaos and inhospitable landscapes. But on the other hand, they are also a beacon of our hope, resistance and empathy.