“In Out” is a photographic series that reflects my daily routine during COVID-19 lockdown in London. Each piece is composed of two photographs printed together on grey 70%, forming a diptych.
I live in Thamesmead, where Stanley Kubrick filmed Clockwork Orange. Thamesmead is situated in south-east London, it is close to Greenwich and has a military history. However, since the 60s the place has also an important architectural role. It is a Brutalist planned town, built to help ease the housing shortage of an ever growing London population. At the time, it was hailed as the town of the future but soon it fell into the same patterns of other purposely built estates: people that moved in, used to living in terraced housing, started to feel isolated.
I live alone, on the 9th floor of a tower block. I rent a two bedroom flat and am lucky enough to have a studio in my own home. Since the lockdown, I started to look at my own living condition in a different way - paying more attention to my actual habitat. My routine changed too, I started to wake up very early whilst going to bed quite late, but never feeling tired the next day.
The “In Out” series came about because since the virus during the lockdown I felt different in terms of my art making. All my previous COVID art projects seemed irrelevant and I had the impression I was in a movie: watching life goes by from a distance. I had an urge to capture these “movie” moments as if by freezing them I am able to be more present in the real.
60x 150cm - printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm (fine art smooth matt) - Edition of 5.