White Gaze: The Past is Always Present
This body of work comments, through the motif of white blocks and white frames intruding on the scene, on the way that landscapes are not naturally occurring but are socially constructed. The urban woodland areas around my house in Inverness are the preserve of the dominant group and people who are ‘othered’ will choose to avoid these places. They are spaces where vulnerability is exacerbated, and the chances of negative encounters are heightened.
So, although not visibly marked as such, they are landscapes of white, male privilege. They act as constant reminders of vulnerability and marginalisation.
They are as much a monument to colonialism as statues.
FLOW Photofest Wall @ Eden Court Theatre
Eden Court Theatre, Bishop’s Road Inverness, IV3 5SA