Abject

The expulsion of waste from the living room – is explored in Knight’s hard rubbish photographs.

French writer Julia Kristeva argues that the abject is not, as we might think, what is grotesque or unclean, but what calls into question borders and threatens identity.

When we put our televisions and couches and boxes of unwanted ornaments and rolled up carpet out on the naturestrip we disdain what we once loved and discard what we once valued.

The poignant and disturbing quality of these photographs arises from this act of rejection. The very identity of the living room itself is brought into question when the border between inside and outside is breached in this way.

Fiona Capp
2007

All works Pigment Prints on Rag Paper