Born in 1994, I live and work in Manchester.
I use documentary video and sound in socially engaged projects with an archival purpose.
My work focuses on social history and how place can affect the human condition.
This curiosity may stem from the fact that I spent my childhood and adolescence living in several culturally contrasting countries. With early formative years foregrounded abroad, I sometimes feel conflicted when deciphering where I am emotionally rooted. I believe this perspective provides me with a sensitivity towards and interest in the ‘outsider’ and the emotionally alienated. I am specifically drawn to subjects that prompt reflection on empathy, memory and nostalgia and are charged with a sense of melancholy.
The covid pandemic has led to a shift in my practice whereby I’ve moved away from being a self-shooting documentary filmmaker to focus on large-scale participatory projects and crowd-sourced artworks that facilitate an introspective and cathartic experience for participants. I find the sense of community that’s created through this collaborative way of working an antidote in an era of enforced distance as well as the difficulty in establishing meaningful emotional connection in the digital age.
My work has screened at MIF Festival Square, London Institute of Contemporary Arts, Sheffield Doc/Fest, HOME and British Shorts Berlin. In 2017, I won the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) for Film and in 2022 my short film Stop Nineteen was acquired by the BFI National Archive for long-term preservation.
I am also a full-time radio producer working in specialist music.