Uprooted is a conceptual project that explores the concept of how we uproot and rebuild ourselves. I'm always drawn to people who find themselves in a state of "in between" - caught between a cause and effect, uprooted. Ranging from individuals who have left their home country and moved across the world to those leaving a marriage - uprooted is an exploration of our resilience and our fragility, the inevitable changes we encounter and how we connect to our lives when we don't know where we are standing.
"I am torn, because when people in Lebanon ask where I am from, I can say America. But here, when people ask where I am from, it's more complicated. The question of belonging is so complicated." Jessica - grew up in the Middle East for the first 16 years of her life. Lives currently in Beirut as a teacher.
"The transition for the kids was intense. All love, all hate - you have just have to be patient." BobbiJo - left an abusive marriage eight years ago, and has been remarried now for four years.
"All the things that put you in a corner, that you have going against you - these are the ugly things we have, but we are here in spite of it all. You have to be resilient." Hellen - from Tanzania, studying for a MFA in photography in Arizona.
"There are a lot of discrepancies with growing up in two cultures. You're all of them at once, but don't belong to any of them. It's interesting to see my identity develop. It's not confined to a nationality, or a country, or a place." Soudavane - born in a refugee camp in Thailand. Works as a translator, and is moving to the South of France next week for the sake of French wine and travel.
"We met in France. We knew each other for 48 hours. The last thing she said to me was 'there is not a chance this is going to happen.' We went our separate ways, and here we are. It happened." Sam + Vicky - Sam is from the States, Vicky is from England. They met in France, and spent the next few years relocating their lives around the globe to see each other.
“It’s hard not to be in Ukraine right now, with all that’s happening there. I realize there’s not much more that I can do there to help – but when I have to wake up and watch the news of what happened in my country, it doesn’t feel right. I want Ukrainian people to have their freedom. The war needs to stop, things need to go back to normal life." Irina - moved from Kiev, Ukraine to the USA three years ago.
“The experience is unique – I moved between cultures before I had the chance to formally identify with one. It’s not like I feel torn or confused, I just feel comfortable and at home in a lot of places. I adapt easily, and independence comes naturally.” Kristina – grew up in Transylvania, Romania, for the first half of her life, before moving to the States.
"In many ways, you don't have a choice sometimes - you just have to rise to the occasion. The only other option is to give up. You are stronger than you think - you don't have to give up. Something that was a negative experience, like my divorce, has been a catalyst for change in my life. I've found myself again." Sabera - moved from Mumbai, India to the States five years ago for her marriage.