“My piece is called Come One Come All, which I’ve also had translated into Arabic as If One of You Comes, All of You Can Come. My whole project has been bilingual. I don’t speak Arabic myself, but the work is concerning the Syrian refugee crisis.
It was inspired by the fact that David Cameron referred to the refugees as ‘a swarm’. It gave me the idea to do a visual representation of this, as a rhetoric against the media. I tried to create a feast for seagulls, and put it on the beach on a banquet table. As it happened, the seagulls weren’t interested whatsoever, even though they’ll steal food right out of your hands! So this developed my idea. If the seagulls aren’t taking the food, maybe it’s a metaphor for how refugees, who are often criticised and ostracised in the media, aren’t the evil that they’re being portrayed as.
I ended up making a book, which is an interview with a young man named Ibrahim. When he was 18, he was the first person to bring the Syrian refugee crisis and civil war up in UK parliament. He did this because two of his cousins were killed in the conflict.
I’ve got this document which sits with my work, which is an in depth interview with him, explaining all the ins and outs. It discusses how art and social media can influence this kind of thing.
One thing I would say about the course is that it’s incredibly open. It’s a photographic course, but I’ve done two photographic projects and everything else has been appropriation or moving image. They facilitate that and it’s really open.
I’d potentially like to move to The Netherlands to do an MA. In the meantime, I’m working in Bournemouth as a freelance photographer.”