Lea Thijs

Selected by Pagy Wicks

University: Middlesex University

Websitewww.leathijs.com

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.

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 Images from the series  Safe House

Images from the series Safe House