DROWNING WORLD is my new exhibition showing at the East Wing Galleries at Somerset House from May 10th to June 5th 2012.
It presents my ongoing global project about flooding. Since 2007 I have visited six countries (The UK, India, Haiti, Pakistan, Australia and Thailand) that have been devastated by massive flooding. I have done this as an attempt to visually address the issue of climate change.
I chose to shoot on film, using old Rolleiflex cameras. The heart of the project is a series of portraits of flood victims at their homes within the landscape of their own personal calamity. Making these images often involved returning with them through waist high floodwaters so they could show their circumstances to the world.
My intention is to depict them as individuals, not as nameless statistics. Coming from disparate parts of the world, their faces show us their linked vulnerability despite the vast differences in their lives and circumstances.
On my more recent trips I also recorded video footage to make these two video pieces to accompany the still images.
Somerset House presents this exhibition as a contribution to the World Stages London 2012 Festival and as a prelude to their collaborative cross continental theatre piece, Climate Refugees, The Opera that will be performed in 2013.
I will be doing two talks on Friday 18 May as part of the Museums at Night event
Thanks to video editor Mo Stoebe, ActionAid, UCLA Art and Global Health Center and The Guardian Weekend Magazine.