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Images & Text © 2017 Michael Forbes - All rights reserved.

Souls of the Diaspora 2011 - 2016 

Photography mounted on MDF, house paint & clear resin - size 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint & clear resin - size 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint & clear resin - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2016
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint & clear resin - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2016
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint & clear resin - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2016
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2011
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint  - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2011
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2011
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2011

Souls of the Diaspora

Souls of the Diaspora started life as a photographic documentary project, focusing on young people in Coney Island, New York in 2011.

As the work developed Forbes was intrigued by the young people’s behaviour and mannerism, which mirrored the young people he was documenting in his Carnival... beyond on the glitz of the parade photographic work in the UK.

The work evolved further exploring the local Black diaspora and its connections to other black youths in other geographies. The symbol of the human DNA as a layered double helix on the photographs is the visual representation of this complex social and historical connection.

Social and political issues affecting the Black diaspora plays an important role in Forbes’ everyday thinking in relation to socio-political issues around education, race, masculinity, fashion, class and the broader nature of success.

This body of work is the result of Forbes’ interest in mixing both photography and painting by creating new forms of expressions and representation.

Photography mounted on MDF, house paint - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2011
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2011
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2012
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2012
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2012
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2012
Photography mounted on MDF, house paint - size 1.50m x 1.00m - 2012
Souls of the Diaspora & Coloured Black - Photography on Dibond & House paint on photography mounted on MDF - ISCP New York 2011
Souls of the Diaspora - House paint on photography and paper - ISCP New York 2011
Souls of the Diaspora - House paint on photography and paper = ISCP New York 2011
Souls of the Diaspora - House paint on paper - ISCP New York 2011