Uncertain Subjects III, Brighton Photo Biennial (2018)

Where and How: Uncertain Subjects Part IIIwas exhibited on Jubilee Square as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial in 2018, with five live ‘action photograph’performances taking shape over the biennial’s month long duration. In this incarnation of the work the performance physically extended into the public space on the side of a shipping container, in reference to issues related to migration and freedom of movement. Subsequently, the installation and removal of the shipping container became an integral part of the work. 

Subjects: Growing in scope with every incarnation this new performance, in addition to the European nationals represented as part of Uncertain Subjects Part I andthe remain-voting British Citizens included in Uncertain Subjects Part II,this new body of work included a new group of contributors: those that voted to leave the EU and had changed their mind since the referendum. The work gave a voice to those who feel they have been silenced by the failing democratic processes. It brought a personal lived experience back into the conversations surrounding Brexit.

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Jon Sadler, Photographer, British: “Brexit has made me feel ashamed to be British.”

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Valerie Bossman-Quarshie, Teaching cover supervisor and mother of two, British: “I fear there is no certainty for the UK outside of the European Union”

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Gaia Laidler, Structural Engineer, British: “I feel like my identity as a European is under threat.”

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Simon Chater, Company Director, Greenink, British: “I don’t want to spend my declining years watching my country decline.”

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Nikita Shergill, Speculating in anthropology, writing and photography, British: “Brexit reminds me of being different in the playground. I can’t tell whether I belong.”

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Phil Laidler, Strategy Consultant and father of two, British : “I miss the Britain I love. There is no place for me in a country of intolerance, fear, delusion and isolation.”

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Hettie Judah, Writer, British: “While their impact may be felt at the local level, the challenges we face today – and those we will face tomorrow – are of a global scale. This is a time to look beyond borders, not to retreat within them.”

Brenna Horrox, Recent Graduate and Artist Assistant, British Citizen, Applying for an Irish Passport: “Brexit marks a direction in values I am not able to get on board with.”

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Holger Hille, Architect, German, Resident in the UK since 2000, “When the wall came down in ’89 and I was finally able to move freely from East to West Germany, it felt like the world was opening up. Now, Brexit makes me feel like the walls are closing in on me again. Why should I stay here?”

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Eva Stenram, Artist and Mother, Swedish/British Moving to Berlin: “I do not want my children to grow up in an inward looking country.”

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Chooc Ly Tan, Artist, French, Resident in the UK since 2000: “What makes the fruit rot? Brexit. I’m planning on leaving the UK.”

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Tom McCarthy, Novelist and Father, British, Moving to Berlin

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Martin Housden, retiree, British: “For a brexsh*tter a foreigner is someone from the next village.”

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Celine Condorelli, Artist, Professor and Mother, French/Italian, Resident in the UK since 1992, Taking steps to move to Portugal

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Femi Oluwole, Pro EU Campaigner, British; “Because the UK has no written constitution, the government could do whatever it likes to us tomorrow. The EU treaties protect, not just UK citizens, but the integrity of the country.”

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Oliver Lazarus, Construction Professional, British Jew: “The union was born out of the trauma of war and division. It is too precious to throw away just two generations later.”

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Catherine Yass, Artist, British: “Creativity and free thinking depend on diversity, the open flow of ideas, exchange, conversation. The arts are one of the UK’s leading industries and without our neighbours we will be impoverished, both financially and in our hearts and minds. It is vital to the arts we stay in the EU.”

Atau Tanaka, Composer and Professor, American: “This vote seems to have less to do with leaving Europe and more to do with personal political ambitions where people’s livelihood and wellbeing are recklessly put on the line under the misguided interpretations of identity and sovereignty.”

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Tejan Shah Recent graduate Msci Physics, British Citizen:“ I am a Brisith Citizen, but my alegiance is to the world with all its wonderful diversity.”

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Joy Gerard, Artist and Mother, Irish: “It makes me sad. It’s an ill conceived project of separation at a time when we should be part of a union.”

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