Momentum

“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

Client:

RefugeeYouth

Team:

Ingrid Guyon (Photographer, Exhibition curation, Facilitator), Junaid Jaffar (Project Design)

Funder:

YCare International, RefugeeYouth, British Film Institute

Location:
London
Timeframe:
6 Weeks
Language:
English
The final set of images represent us in the present day but by exploring our cultural influences we changed our perception of ourselves.  This photography project was derived from the concepts of physical movement, distance and personality. Our aim was to produce a photography exhibition but also to provide an experience to the participants and explore our own cultures and the merger of cultures through migration.

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.

“I am funky. I like to combine all fashion together. I like making male dominated fashion into a form I would dress in. I love the combination of old school fashion and new school fashion”