Falling Tight (2014)

Series of 9 Photographic readymades
Found images, dimensions variable

First presented in the solo exhibition Is This Why I Cannot Tell Lies?
Tintype Gallery, London, 19 November – 13 December 2014
It was also presented in Punk Orientalism, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada, 10 November 2018 – 17 February 2019
Curated by Sara Raza
And in Hypnagogia, Nitra Gallery, Athens, 5 March – 30 June 2020

Falling Tight is a series of photographic ready-mades that challenge received notions of cultural and sexual identity. They are gleaned from a heterogeneous body of material, including images of gymnasts and space missions, scientific illustrations of Einstein’s theory of relativity, flower patterns and autoerotic images from both Soviet and Western photo albums and magazines. In the series, the juxtaposition of different found material is expressed not as a traditional layering of fragments but as a type of de-collaging.

The diverse photographic images placed side by side connect the female body with a series of spaces (from outer space, to natural world and dream space) and compose a continuous sense of movement that expresses a female experience beyond gender polarities. The ironic, the absurd and the surreal, jumble our expectations and suggest the possibility of transformation, while suspending us from conventional narratives and inviting us to enjoy the radical potential of collage. Moving between lovemaking and fantasy, the work both deconstructs and articulates female sexuality and questions how women are positioned literally and symbolically in the space of the future.