Liminal Faces, Liminal Spaces (Documenting the Threshold)
A reflexive and reflective body of work examining the notions of liminality and thresholds regarding person and place. This body of work accompanied a dissertation which used Arnold Van Gennep's Theories on liminality in 'Rites de Passage' and also of those of Victor Turner who describes liminality as a "Betwixt & between" state.
“Van Gennep defined rites of passage as "rites which accompany every change of place, state, social position and age." He has shown that all rites of passage are marked by three phases: separation, margin (or limen, signifying "threshold" in Latin), and aggregation. The first phase (of separation) comprises symbolic behavior signifying the detachment of the individual or group from an earlier fixed point in the social structure. During the intervening liminal period, the characteristics of the ritual subject are ambiguous; he passes through a cultural realm that has none or few of the attributes of the past or coming state. In the third phase (reaggregation or reincorporation), the passage is consummated. The ritual subject is in a relatively stable state once more and by virtue of this, has rights and obligations vis-à-vis others of a clearly defined and structural type.”
(Turner, Betwixt & Between: The Liminal Period in Rites de Passage, 1964)
The series of images laid out in this gallery endeavours to show how liminality is present in a person - the subject of my series a child on the cusp of young adulthood - and how this manifests itself visually even though it might be perceived as invisible from a theoretical point of view. It also attempts to convey how the space in which the subject is occupying is also liminal in nature and that there is a duality at play both in the physical space in which the subject is occupying and in the metaphysical sense – the space in which the subject occupies within his social structure, something which is also in flux due the rite of passage experienced by the subject. Lastly, the series attempts to demonstrate visually the photographic series’ own liminality: from the nature of the captured image as a reflexive response to my own inherant memories and experiences of a similar rites of passage: and the one as a soon to be art graduate casting off my former occupations and limitations; to the to the visual rendering of the edited and disseminated work.