No Mans Lands (2015 - Present)
The ‘No Man’s Lands’ art-photography project amplifies the stories of young men who have found themselves in limbo or in transitory situations, due to political, social or economic reasons. Their stories reflect global contemporary issues such as political persecution, the refugee situation, racial discrimination, the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community, and homelessness. The young men, whom the photographer encountered in my travels, in social circles or online, have been photographed in places that not only are relevant to their personal stories but also carry wider symbolism. The photos are edited using photomontage or collage techniques to further convey the participants’ stories and the issues they presented. This project continues my explorations of socially engaged photography practices which began in 2000 in his PhD research “The Dead Zone & the Architecture of Transgression".