|Title||Living with contradictions: re-reading the representation of hybridity in visual art|
My practice-based PhD investigates how photographic arts can subvert existing visual stereotypes of otherness by exploring how the concept of hybridity
Alongside an autobiographical visual art practice, using my own mixed heritage (Sri Lanka and Denmark/Sweden) I investigate how artists with mixed heritages use their shifting points of identification to explore the dichotomy of black and white notions of identity. Although there are many artists exploring
My research includes aspects of postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis and art theory to inform, contextualise and question my own art practice. I place myself in
My research and practice respond to three areas within postcolonial hybridity: the stereotype, mimicry and the Third Space. Each traces back to Homi Bhabha but is also reflected in current critical debates on identity. Through this work I explore contradictions that arise for people of mixed heritage, opening a space for viewers to reflect on their own narratives and position. Each of us contain different narratives, and sometimes it is through other people’s stories that we can deconstruct our own.