Richard Ansett


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

Unable to make contact, I now travel to Hull to exist within the landscape of my mother’s home and be as close to her as I knew how. I observe women of my mother’s age. I follow them and take photographs within the landscape of the city, imaging that they might be her.

These images record my movements and interactions with women who, in my mind, could have be my mother. The images created are brought back to Hull in the form of ‘lost cat’ style posters transforming the whole city into both a gallery and therapeutic space to share of my relationship to loss and wider discussion on the concept of ‘not knowing.’

The posters are placed randomly throughout central Hull and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Sunday Express Article

Hull City of Culture: The Artist Behind ARE YOU MY MUM?