Lea Thijs

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.

Images from the series  Safe House

Images from the series Safe House