Home Instruction Manual

Home instruction manual (2014 - 2016)

Traditionally, instruction manuals have been the perfect source for practical solutions. Experts in specific subjects provide written authority on how to repair faults and carry out tasks from scratch. 

I typed 'how to make a home' into Google, and was directed to an online chat forum in which self-described experts were exchanging detailed instructions. I rented an ordinary suburban house and carried out the strangers' advice exactly over the period of two months. In complying with the instructions for making the perfect home, I contemplated the construction of an identity from scratch. The following photographs document the end result of my time living and working in the house, trying on different lives for size.

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Tupperware 3.jpg
Tupperware 4.jpg
 
Garden 1.jpg
 
Blast Festival opens next Friday in West Bromwich. Looking forward to @multistory festival with so many great things going on (link in bio for more info)! I’ll be showing work from Home Instruction Manual, as well as a new film. In the run up, I’m sharing some photographs from the making of the work: “I typed 'how to make a home' into Google, and was directed to an online chat forum in which self-described experts were exchanging detailed instructions. I rented an ordinary suburban house and carried out the strangers' advice exactly over the period of two months. In complying with the instructions for making the perfect home, I contemplated the construction of an identity from scratch. The following photographs document the end result of my time living and working in the house, trying on different lives for size.” #blastphotofest2019 #multistory #sandwell #artscouncilengland #homeinstructionmanual
 

INSTALLATIONS:

INSTALLATIONS PICTURED:

Format International Photography Festival, Derby

Seen Fifteen Gallery, London

Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery, Northern Ireland

The Gallery at Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster


BOOK:

HOME INSTRUCTION MANUAL (Published 2016)

Verlag Kettler

Design by Merel Witteman at KesselsKramer, Amsterdam

A5 size, 124 pages.

Book Awards / recognition:

Winner, Kassel Fotobookfestival Dummy Award, Germany (2015)

Shortlist, Recontre D’Arles Festival, Author Book Awards, France (2016)

Nomination, Infinity Award, International Centre of Photography, New York (2016)

Best of the Year Photobooks, IMA Magazine, Japan (2016)

Best of the Year Photobooks, Photobookstore, UK (2016)