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I was born into a home of strange. Uncanny was hidden behind smiling-faced photos and family secrets were confined to sly comments over cups of tea. As I grew up and my father moved away I began to piece things together finding newspaper articles and photographic evidence hidden amongst preschool paintings and birth certificates. Chaplin-Shannon's 'Living with Yourself' provides an immersive experience for the audience by combining video, audio, installation and photography. The reconstruction of home life with my father, coupled with the banality of our conversation tells a story about a relationship fueled by destruction, familial damage, childhood trauma and their lingering residues. Assaulting the audience from all directions, the audio captivates and overwhelms the viewer. Accompanied by the strong smell of stale cigarettes and cheap coffee, the close-up video is an uncomfortable confrontation with the past.

HEY! MY NAME IS...

BA HONS PHOTOGRAPHY WITH VIDEO

Phoebe E Chaplin - Shannon