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Exile An exploration of people's perception of exile

(Noun) the state of being barred from one's native country, typically for political or punitive reasons. Synonyms: banishment, expulsion, expatriation, deportation

(Verb) expel and bar (someone) from their native country, typically for political or punitive reasons. Synonyms: expel, banish, expatriate, deport, drive out, throw out, outlaw

Essentially, this project is about separation. Some people who are in exile live lives of luxury—think Napoleon—while others have horrific lives in refugee camps on the Horn of Africa or worse. However, they all have something in common and that is their forced separation from their homes, loved ones, treasures and special places. They are often unable to even contact loved ones for fear of being found or of causing harm to their people.

I asked friends, all living in perfectly normal circumstances with their jobs, lives, families, to listen to the music of Lisa Gerard and to imagine themselves in Exile. These images are the result.

The music is ‘In Exile’ by Australian vocalist Lisa Gerrard. Dark and sombre stuff! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgHTf2qtX3o)

With so much gratitude to Dalene, Karma and Thabang who made this possible.

Lawrence Boatwright Photography

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Lawrence Boatwright
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