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I See YOU was my first curatorial project. The idea for this street installation was born out of my first online community Photojournaling project with carers in 2021, during the 3rd lockdown. I felt the need to connect with other mothers/carers and step-parents who felt deeply the changes in their caring roles and the weight of it during the pandemic and beyond it. This experience was transforming and it led her to work with other communities of carers. I concluded that the isolation and the invisibility of the caring role didn’t differentiate age, sex, race or social background. I noticed a shared need to assert individual identities, emotional and physical spaces. I invited Photographer Anne-Marie Briscombe, fellow mother whose work enquires about mental health in diverse environments, to help curate this exhibition.

‘I See YOU’ called for photographic work from people over the age of 18 who regularly look after a child with additional needs, or a sick, elderly or disabled person. This includes both physical and mental ill health. This project asked participating artists/carers to turn their gaze inwards and focus on their own perspective and their relationships with their own lives and identities, not on the needs of the person they are caring for. This call was open to professional and nonprofessional artists/photographers.

The photographs were installed in 3 different public locations during Fringe Arts Festival 2023.


Artists participating:

Alice Lenkiewicz

Anna Lerner

Irene Ros

Jacky B

Karen Edkins

Rosie Barnes

Melanie Harding 

Nikki Davidison-Bowman 

Nikki Roffey 

Paulina Korobkiewicz

Pia Jaime 

Co curated by Anne-Marie Briscombe Idea, Curation and Installation Maria Pia Jaime, Chris Dobrowolski and Mike Johnston

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