I have 3 developmental projects underway. All of these collections are over halfway through and are actively being worked on. They will be offered for exhibition as they become complete.
Every migrant worker, regardless of ethnicity, home country, skill or profession faces a shock on arriving and settling into their new country, and this is most pronounced during the first month. So much so, that for the majority of migrant workers decide whether or not to continue with working away from home during this period.
At times, everything seems unreal, and life becomes a blur, things passing one by without full comprehension.
This highly conceptual project seeks to capture a migrant’s sense of unease and disquiet, particularly in relation to the workforce in the Middle East.
When complete, this series will comprise of 30 12×16 inch images, hand printed in the darkroom on colour photographic paper.
These will be taken throughout the year, and at the end of 2018, a final collection will be printed.
An early sub-set of this collection was exhibited at the Gardens Gallery in Cheltenham and received positive reviews. (For more details on the Heartlands project see here).
Courtesy: Chris Denham
The “Texture of the Creek” project was conceived as a collaborative project, with artists and photographers working together to create a collection of images where shape and texture could be used to define the Creek area of Dubai (one of the oldest parts of Dubai).
A selection of these images is scheduled to be exhibited in March 2018 at the Dubai Sikka festival – which is run alongside Dubai Art Week. The exhibition will be held in the Al Fahidi Historic District and has traditionally been a hugely well subscribed event.
Christopher has 3 images selected for this exhibition, but of course, they can’t be shown just yet.
Christopher has continued collecting images that represent the Arabian past. Some of these are genuinely old artefacts, others are modern fabrications designed to create a romantic view of Arabia’s past.
This collection is being printed as a series of 8 x 10 inch salt prints. The printing process has been designed to capture the essence of Arabia and uses both water from the Gulf (as part of the sensitising coating), together with the harsh desert sunlight for exposure.