Based in Amsterdam I’m a photographer working primarily in North Africa, Ireland, Scotland and the Middle East: regions that are either very dry or extremely wet. These photographs vary from monuments to temporary structures and other subjects that are ignored or forgotten yet are at the very heart of a place and its history. Many of the works are created through chance encounters rather than intention, a process of being and seeing where the ephemeral is sustained in a camera’s blink.
After attending art schools in Winchester & London and completing postgraduate studies at the Jan van Eyk Academie in Maastricht (NL), I’ve exhibited widely. Examples include the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the Berlin International Film Festival, Channel 4, the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Doulun Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai) and the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven). My work is part of the collections of the Arts Council (UK), the Stedelijk Museum (NL), Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (NL), IHLIA LBGT Heritage (NL), Musée d’Illigh (Morocco) and Channel 4. I also co-founded the Women’s Art Library, a documentation centre at Goldsmith’s, University of London.
In December 2016, my photos of Palmyra (Syria) were added to the archive of the Musée d’Archéologie nationale in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France), where they will be used as source material for the city’s restoration following its destruction by ISIS.
In 2017, I had a solo exhibition at the Northlight Studio in Stromness (Orkney); I also participated in ‘Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity’ at both the Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool) and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. In 2018, I was included in Crossing Lines, an exhibition at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, Ireland. This was followed in 2019 by a group show at the Stronach Gallery, Ballycroy National Park Visitors Centre, Ireland. Subsequently I returned to Morocco to work on photos for a book about the historic city of Tiznit. In July-August 2019, I was honoured to be artist in residence at the Ness of Brodgar archaeological dig located in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney/UNESCO World Heritage Site in Scotland.
At present I’m preparing “Illigh vue par une photographe”, a book to be published by the Maison de la Photographie (Marrakech, Morocco).