“I thought Saudi women do not have many rights, not allowed to drive, meant to stay home and cook so I wanted to challenge that stereotype. In the 1950’s society was very strict on what women could and could not do so I know by being a female boxer I would have challenged societies norms”.
– 1950’s , Saudi Female Boxer
Ingrid Guyon (Photographer, Exhibition curation, Facilitator), Junaid Jaffar (Project Design)
YCare International, RefugeeYouth, British Film Institute
The principle that we used to develop this project was migration and how it affects a person’s identity. A simple way to explain this is to place yourself in a situation where you were born or grew up in an alternative time and place. It was a trip into exploring how our cultures have integrated and almost creating alter egos based on our experiences and our perceptions of the places we are from or where we want to go.
The first set of images represented each person’s imagined origin in the 1950’s and a stereotype or issues that they wanted to challenge. The final set of images represent us in the present day but by exploring our cultural influences we changed our perception of ourselves.