Tim Doak: Look At Me Now And Here I Am 6 Oct - 24 Nov 2012
Look At Me Now And Here I Am is a body of new photographic and video work by Northern Irish artist Tim Doak. Delving into the world of human trafficking Doak presents fragmentary portraits of six young Cambodian women/girls. These women were trafficked into the sex trade in Cambodia as children and are now living under the care of Ratanak International (Aid Organisation).
Doak cites the formation of relationships with his subjects as foremost in his methodology; allowing stories to emerge naturally. In this work the sensitivities, language and working time constraints encouraged close collaboration (photographic workshops and interviews) and significant input from the young women in the making of representative portraits. Included are twelve images produced by them during photography workshops in April-May 2012. The women are anonymous for various reasons though they have chosen the names Esther, Amuy, Miya, Kan Nga, Soriya and Srey Pouv. Their faces are obscured or their bodies turned completely but their surroundings, voices, gestures and physicality create a narrative of their current situations in view of their pasts.
The work at once touches on a widespread problem in contemporary Cambodia (as well as the worldwide crisis in human trafficking), and one that is exacerbated partly by corruption, wealth disparity and by economic dependency produced by ‘sex tourism’. Although these problems are systematic Doak aims to tell personal stories at an indivisible human level. This exhibition is the first instalment of what Doak intends to be an ongoing project in Cambodia.
Tim Doak graduated with a Masters Degree in Photography from the University of Ulster, Belfast, in 2011, and has himself worked as a part time lecturer in photography at Southern Regional College (Down, Armagh). Doak has been represented in a number of exhibitions throughout the UK and Ireland and has contributed to a variety of publications including Beautiful Dawn, Belfast, 2011. (See attached CV). He was awarded SIAP funding from ACNI in 2012.
This exhibition has been made possible through Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Craigavon Borough Council, Portadown 2000 and Ratanak International.Printing by Fire, Dublin