It’s a Short Walk from the Dinner Table to the Asylum (2018) explores the language that defines a community and the lines we draw between what is acceptable and unacceptable. With a focus on the language of diverse emotional experience (including what is considered mental illness), the work explores how voicing such experience can often lead to being misunderstood or seen as a monstrous ‘other’. The film was created using a collage methodology, layering diverse elements of shot and found footage. One layer of shot footage involves performance, creating an intimate and arresting experience for the viewer. The found footage is taken mainly from instructional film, highlighting the ways in which we teach young people the boundaries we draw in society. This combination of elements draws the viewer to consider what responsibility we as individuals have in creating and perpetuating boundaries of exclusion and inclusion for future generations.
This work was shown as part of Common Ground at the Barbican Centre in 2018.