Richard Ansett


“This project has evolved following my attempt to contact my unknown biological mother. I discovered that she was living in Hull.

Unable to make contact, I travelled to Hull to exist within the landscape of my mother’s home and be as close to her as I knew how. I bought throwaway film cameras from a chemist. Over a two-day stay in the city centre, I observed women whom I imagined as being of my mother’s age. I followed them and took photographs within the landscape of the city, imaging that they may be her.

These images recording the movements and interactions are the core of the project, which has been produced in the form of 100 posters returned to Hull on Mothers Day during its tenure as UK city of culture 2017 transforming the whole city into a gallery and therapeutic space to share of my sense of loss and existential loneliness.”

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