My practice over the past few years has stemmed from analogies derived from the organic world in relation to its cultural and political implications. In the process of research, interaction and documentation, my active archive of spaces and objects continues to grow and incorporate histories and presents. Photography, photographic prints and alternative photographic mediums are a constant, used to in various degrees.

In the past two years, my theoretical and visual research has addressed our interactions with nature; how each action of ours plays out and has played out through history, as humans have attempted to understand, analyse, tame and control what we deem as entities ‘other’ than us. This premise when extended to other inter-personal and inter-political relationships becomes one that has a potential to bring about dialogue.

Within my practice, the process as well as the end-result is displayed as a collective of media that surround the viewer; turning the act of collecting specimens on its head and looking at it from an evocative and open-ended view. The attempt is to search for ways to visualize and present ideas of ‘protection’, ‘immortalization’ and ‘embellishment’ in dialogue with those of colonization, taming of the ‘other’, ‘wildness’ and violence. The potency of the word taming is one that intrigues me, as it can be defined as a mutual agreement that momentarily allows for a relationship between one and the ‘other’ – bringing both sides to their most vulnerable.

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