When in 2008, I decided to pursue a PhD in (urban) sociology at the London School of Economics (LSE), I so much wanted it to be a visual investigation, despite lacking professional training in photography. I wanted to bring into visibility aspects of everyday life which were beyond the headlines. Although LSE is a traditional academic institution which did not and does not offer practiced-based PhDs, my supervisor Professor Paul Gilroy is not and was not. Committed to the production of empirical and evidence-based knowledge but not compromising my passion and strong belief in the power of images, especially when embedded in a written text, and thanks to the generous support and great supervision I had from Professor Gilroy, I managed to produce a PhD which was simultaneously visual, ethnographic, theoretical and theorising.
My photographic practice is engaging and inquiring. It is about the everyday and the mundane, the human and the urban, the cultural and the social, the political and the economics. It looks into processes such as gentrification, conviviality, social cleansing, and urban health. Campaigning for housing rights in East London I was the first to document Focus E15, the single mothers housing campaign against eviction and in support of social housing in London, which became inspiring for other housing campaigns and gained national/international recognition. For ten years my photographic work remained largely private. It was only in late March (2018) that I had finally collated some of my photographs in a portfolio. My photographs appeared in UN publications, Qalandiya International (Palestine Art Biennale, Oct 2018) and LSE photography exhibitions.
I feel creative and buzzing with ideas. I feel that the camera is my theorising tool and lens which prompts me to pause, ask questions, reflect and understand my surroundings.