Matilde Damele explores her own sense of not belonging to the life she is living, through her photographic series, Exiles. Photographic images from the streets of London and New York, show humanity lost in an existence that is often perceived to be repetitive and valueless. Matilde expresses a sense of anguish and emptiness that emerges through estrangement from our surroundings. The images are gathered from photographs taken in the artist’s North London neighbourhood and time spent in New York City. They capture glimpses of private uncertainty and displacement in everyday life.
The concept of reality is regarded to be valueless and disposable here, and she experiments with new ways of looking at photography, through a sculptural and a contemporary two-dimensional language. Some of her images are printed in a conventional format, using fibre-based paper, though they are also screenprinted onto black plastic bin liners, stuffed with today’s newsprint, inferring the transitory nature of our lives.
Matilde won the Clifford Chance Postgraduate Printmaking Prize 2017 for this series.