What draws us to places we’ve never been? For example, I want to go to New York but why? Cities are a bit like humans in the sense that at the same time, they can be peaceful and loving but at the same time full of crime, hatred and violence, at the same time beautiful and ugly and they can be full of affluence and poverty simultaneously.
Toritori, Urbanity and the Separation of Society explores the cities in which we live, how people use them and how the village dynamic and ultimately, families have changed as a result of the growth of cities.
This exploration brings through a lot of my urbanscapes and multiple exposure experimentation.
Toritori explores the growth of cities and where they may end up – with nature taking its place and re-claiming the earth for itself. This leads on to Korokoro o te Parata where the downfall of man is explored, set in motion through Toritori.
The idea of societal manipulation stopping human progress and creating a lack of intelligence is explored. We expect whole countries to change but we can’t even change one person, for example, ourselves. How we will ever stop destroying Earth when we can’t stop polluting our bodies with things like sugar, bad food, cigarettes and alcohol. We don’t care about our own inner worlds, let alone the one that we live on.
In Maori, Toritori means to cut into pieces or separate and also strenuous, energetic, busy and bustling – both synonyms for the urbanscapes and how it works as a microcosm for the entire world.
The poetry and photography from my series that explores my social commentary will appear and here, for example, homelessness and inequality within cities.