Walking Past/10 Downing Street, 2018
This series evolved as part of an investigation into what sharing, appropriation, and copyright might denote in relation to the Internet. In particular, I was interested in which images we choose to share and take as part of the practice of remediation. I revisiting Martha Rosler’s work House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home (1967–72) and was struck by the simplicity and effectiveness of these collages. I decided to also experiment with material that relates to war and home, albeit material taken from contemporary sources. When searching for images I came across one holding image for a photograph titled ‘Syrian women walk past destruction in the Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs’ and eventually located it on Flickr under ‘Freedom House’. This account is related to a U.S. government-sponsored institution that supports journalistic work in areas of conflict and the photographer’s name is not displayed. I searched for more images of civilians in Syria from 2011 onwards and found little material apart from a set of press photographs of women and children in Aleppo and Homs. These made me reflect on the meaning of ‘the poor image’ as put forward by Hito Steyerl and out of necessity I utilized some of these stock images for my own sandwiched photographs. Whilst looking for images on ‘home’ I took screengrabs in 10 Downing Street on Google Street View and decided to use these as the second element in these collages. The intention behind this was not only to question what is shared and how, what belongs to whom, but also what we choose to see.