Jack Moyse is a photographer and artist from Swansea in South Wales. His practice focuses on subjects that he deems to be societal issues, using photography to express his views on topics such as the demonisation of migrants, ableism and mental health. Primarily, Moyse’s methodology closely resembles that of a documentary photographer however, his practice is intersected by various other artistic mediums such as performance art.
His longest project, What it’s like (being me) is an introspective documentary series that follows a young artist as he attempts to come to grips with the disability with which he was diagnosed at 17. His personal reflections form the basis of a narrative that encompasses some of the many issues people living with disabilities encounter including romance, parenthood and prejudice. Based primarily in photography, the project’s mixed media outcomes aim to create an immersive environment that provides insight for able bodied allies and those wanting to learn more about the lived disabled experience.
Moyse’s work has been exhibited across the UK including at Belfast Exposed and Mission gallery. He has spoken about the discrimination faced by people living with disabilities on the BBC, S4C and at conferences such as Healing through Photography.
In 2022, a group of artists from different parts of the world gathered in Arles for a residency program led by renowned photographer Antoine d’Agata. They used photography and archival materials to explore the complex concept of identity and address pressing social issues. The result is an exquisite blend of voices, colors, and points of view that challenges us to reflect on, empathize with, and relate to the intricate fabric of our shared human experience.
The artists in this exhibition come from a variety of countries and backgrounds, and their work celebrates multicultural identities and explores a wide range of socio-cultural and political issues, such as immigration, post-colonialism, gender, and freedom. The exhibition reflects on the difficulties of living between cultures and developing an identity within borders by inviting the viewers to reflect on their own experiences of isolation, loneliness, insecurity, and vulnerability, and encourages them to develop empathy and understanding across borders.