Reflections is a series of five video portraits of people with facial disfigurement. The sitters gaze back confidently at the viewer through their reflections in the water.
Reflections is the result of a collaboration with Changing Faces, a national charity that supports people with disfigurements (www.changingfaces.org.uk). It is driven by the observation that disfigurement has been conspicuously underrepresented in the visual arts, and that people with disfigurement are often voiceless and invisible in society. Reflections therefore invites the viewers to stare, to look with some depth at the sitter, and to examine their own reactions and emotions as they watch. It intends to nurture an engagement with and acceptance of this form of human diversity. It also invites the viewer to reflect on notions of identity and ideals of beauty.
Each video can be screened alone as a single-channel work, or together as a multi-channel projection.