Artist statement: My work is concerned with the dual issues of representation and the mechanical means of reproduction.
My practice involves the use of vernacular or found images and the manipulation of the tension between representation and abstraction. Since photographic image-making has existed, manipulation has been inherent in photographic practice, often employed in the service of overt or covert political intent.
The ghost in the machinery of this image is human desire, love and contact. This piece is part of a series made in the context of the Chechen government’s assertion that there are no homosexuals in Chechnya – this claim was made at a time when it was reported that gay men had been rounded up, interned, tortured and murdered in that country.