HOMELAND on show @flowersgallery, New York (Chelsea), USA until 12 January 2019.
Homeland explores the relationship between contemporary national identity and place, bringing together works from my extended photographic surveys of Russia and Britain produced over a period of 15 years. #merriealbion#weenglish#motherland
We’re opening up our studios this weekend at APEC #Brighton#Hove. Please join us to see work of 15 artists working in different media. Fri 7 Dec, 6-8pm and Sat 1.40-4.30pm. Industrial House, Conway Street, BN3 3LW.
Scene 3: Cabuynan Farmers’ Association, Leyte Island, The Philippines from the series #AftertheTyphoon
A small community mainly reliant on coconut and rice farming was affected by the storm surge and strong winds. Most people evacuated to the local school the night before the typhoon or climbed the hill overlooking the village. Almost everyone lost their home and crops, and the community is pictured clearing the land of fallen coconut trees before they rot. By September the Oxfam-supported farming cooperative had cleared 75% of the land and were beginning to replant coconut trees and root crops. It takes seven years for the coconut trees to grow fruit and be productive again. #typhoonhaiyan
Scene 2: Barangay 90, Tacloban, Leyte Island, The Philippines (2014) from the series #AftertheTyphoon
Distribution of life-saving soap, mosquito nets, and water purification solution to 1000 people living in San Jose. Many fishing families living in the path of typhoon Haiyan lost boats, nets, and tools. Oxfam established boat repair stations and employed over 100 people to participate in the process of boat rebuilding and repairs under the supervision of a fibreglass boat expert and skilled carpenter. The project supported 2000 people working in the fishing industry. The construction of larger boats gives fisherfolk the ability to fish further offshore and coral beds and fish stocks a chance to recover from the damage caused by the typhoon. #typhoonhaiyan#taclobancity
On November 8 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (also named Yolanda) wreaked havoc across much of the central Philippines. In total, more than 8,000 people were killed, and four million people forced to leave their homes. It left up to 14 million people in need of immediate, life-saving assistance and pushed millions of people further into poverty and debt. I was invited to collaborate with @oxfamgb to create a series of photographs, which aimed to move beyond traditional post-disaster documentation tracing more subtle changes in the landscape over time. I made two visits to one of the regions worst hit by Yolanda, Tacloban, first a few weeks after the typhoon struck and then in late September 2014, prior to the first anniversary. The photographs, which transition between these two time periods, are not just about conveying the immensity of the disaster and recording the traumatic aftermath but show how the physical, tangible transformation of land is related to a human response to the typhoon. #typhoonhaiyan#taclobancity@ecfarmer
Given the Civilzation exhibition has just opened in Seoul (see previous post), I’ll use this as an excuse to post up a few photographs from the city taken as part of my earlier #UrbanParks series. The Dongdaemun Design Park (DDP) in Seoul, South Korea, was created by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid is a neofuturistic cultural complex commissioned to replace the Dongdaemun Stadium, built during Japanese rule in the 1920s. The DDP was created in Hadid’s signature curvaceous forms. Dongdaemun is a busy and historic neighbourhood in central Seoul’s Jongno-gu district known for its 24-hour shopping, and the DPP complex includes a much-needed 30,000 sq m green oasis within the densely built South Korean capital. During the site’s excavation, major archaeological remains from the Joseon dynasty were uncovered, including original sections of the Seoul City Wall, which have been incorporated into the design. #Dongdaemun#DDPSeoul#southkorea#ZahaHadid