This project results from a collaboration with inmates, incarcerated in the West Midlands (UK), their families and local organisations and individuals. By giving a voice to his subjects, the author proposes to rethink and counter the sort of imagery normally associated with incarceration and confinement.
Wrestling, by Polly Tootal, is from her ongoing series The Hands That Built This City, which documents the daily lives of the men who live in the UAE’s labour camps, in all its banality and complexity. The labourers, brought in to prop up Dubai’s infrastructural aspirations are often enticed with false promises of prosperity, only to end up earning meagre wages and living in crowded accommodations with no proper plumbing.
In study that goes beyond mere documentation, this publication brings us a poignant commentary on the financial ruin and bankruptcy that struck the lives of many thousands of people, in the wake of the 2008 sub-prime crisis in the USA.
This a documentary project, a novel, a lipogramme and an imaginary anthropological study in one. It responds to the death and disappearance of the author’s close friend, photojournalist Anton Hammerl’s, during the 2011 Libyan war, through an examination of the geography, players and circumstances surrounding his demise as well as a reflection on the paradoxical role that photography has played in conflict zones.