An Interview with Bree Lamb
Bree Lamb: Many of the images in the book exist in a landscape or environment that could be anywhere. They are crisp and beautiful and specific, yet also ambiguous. The work is at once familiar and strange, and I wonder if you could describe the undercurrents of the work and your approach to putting together this project? Or how might your experience as the child of immigrants or you yourself being an immigrant in another country affect your approach to photography?
Stacy Arezou Mehrfar: Yes that was intentional, I’m glad you picked up on it. Understanding how landscape functions in the formation of identity has been a main theme throughout my practice, and I think that thread stems from growing up in an immigrant household. For this particular work, I was interested in this idea that when we move home, we no longer feel tied to place. There is a peculiarity, quite literally, to the ground we walk on. When I was making the landscape photographs, I was conscious that there would be no horizon lines, that the photographs should furnish no signifiers. That compositional framework kind of went away in time, but I remained very conscious of making images that felt as though they were anywhere and nowhere at once. A sense of movement is really important in the sequence, in the process of migrating, you don’t feel settled, you always feel between spaces and I wanted that emotion to come through in the work.
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