Hard To Place (2016)
For all loves never allowed to be.
Hard to Place traces the journey of an orphan boy of Nigerian and Irish descent growing up in 1960s/70s London. A “half-cast(e)” child in 1960s and ‘70s England, Joseph was considered “hard to place” amongst the mostly white, adoptive families. Consequently, Joseph was placed "in care" at eight different times from age 3 to 17.
Combining confidential government documentation, archival photographs, personal possessions and documentary images, this series reveals the social and moral forces that denied Joseph his birthright to a family while imagining an alternate (albeit uncertain) narrative.
The Hard to Place photobook is available for purchase online and the exhibition is on view now through March 15, 2016 at Booklyn in Greenpoint, NYC.
Get exhibition details and read the introductory essay by Paula Kupfer.
Read my personal essay on Hard To Place and response by Dr. Alexandrina Agloro on Mixed Roots Stories February 2016 Commons.