Selected by Pagy Wicks
University: Middlesex University
Artist Statement: Dismantling the walls of my house in order to examine the foundations of my family, I wanted to photograph my father who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Being able to put a name to his condition and explain his patterns of behaviour after 20 years has enabled him to construct a sustainable environment around himself. Now under medication, I felt it was time for me to document my father in his home in South Africa, and revisit memories associated with his childhood in Brussels. Safe House, a title taken from The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz, is an open door to explore my relationship with him.