In Your Home
In Your Home is a self-portrait series started in 2008, in which I have intuitively and secretly appropriated other people’s private spaces with my own nude body. When I have been left alone in someone’s house, even if for a few fleeting minutes, I have whipped out my compact 35mm camera, and with the use of the self-timer, shot myself in the domestic space, without the host’s knowledge. I have used bedside tables, piles of books, or wardrobes as makeshift tripods, and placed myself in the space through an intuitive and spontaneous choice of composition.
The privacy of my body overlaps with the privacy of the domestic space, and the resulting marriage is exposed through its confrontational display into the public sphere. The layers of appropriation are multiple: I invite you to peer into the privacy of my body while simultaneously taking over the privacy of another’s domestic space. There results, through the displacement of the body, a sometimes fusional, sometimes clashing layering of two subjects – one present and the other absent– in the frame created by the photographic composition.
Social relationships through time: meaningless acquaintances, lasting friendships or fleeting passions... The domestic spaces are the story of a body’s to and fros in a social world, a testimony to connections established and acknowledged. The intrusions are an almost animalistic and furtive need to seal an encounter within space and time: the photograph as a stolen imprint. And although the body is the only constant within all the photographs, it is in itself evolving in time, as it slowly bears the marks of those communions.
c-type prints, 90 x 60 cm, 2011
An In Your Home limited edition book is available to buy through La Gueule du Monde
Shots from the exhibition at The Running Horse gallery, Beirut:
In Your Home book (see inside the book and buy online here):