Catch Your Breath (2019)

During summer the number of people visiting Venice increases dramatically; the streets are overcome with a flood of tourists. The ecological strain is generally disregarded, the hurried guests having time only to visit their desired destinations. The pressure exerted is felt psychologically as the flow of people stops for no one. The narrow streets now induce a claustrophobia that is only exacerbated by the beating oppression of the sun.

This photographic exploration of Venice adopts psychogeographic tendencies, responding to the psychological tension induced by the density of people. The survey of calm provides a temporary remedy to the sensory overload, whilst the erosion to the environmental infrastructure persists.

The project was conceived during the Venice Biennale Steward-Research Fellowship 2019, coordinated by the British Council.

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