Current / Ongoing

Cared 4 Network

Who has the control in a prescribed care relationship? Christopher has made a playful interpretation of the log book documents that carers are required to fill in daily as they administer care, drawing on his own experiences of being cared for for inspiration. Log books are used by care companies to monitor the amount of care delivered and the ongoing needs of the cared for person. They are instrumental in determining both the continued support for the cared for person and continued funding for the care company. Yet these documents are recorded entirely from the perspective of the carer. The often deeply personal and intrusive data gathered is completely out of the control of the person being cared for, and is shared in undisclosed ways amongst care companies and funders to be assessed. This process of data control creates a system of power that works against the person being cared for, protecting primarily the business interests of the care company. In The Cared For Network, Christopher reclaims this perspective to create his own log of events over a period of several days, imagining what happens if the power dynamic of the carer and the cared for unravels. Christopher imagines the possibility of these shadow log books, appearing on p2p networks, being written by the people being cared for or with full honesty by the carers, making space for a more revealing account of the processes of care.

2021

Online

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Swinging in the Wind

I'm Still A Man
How Does It Work Now
I Want To Live
Not Really Dad!
This Is A New Me
That's Pretty Shit Then
To Da Max
Sperm Banking
The Male Symbol
It's A Fucking Flood
This Is Hell
What's That

Prints

2021

Through a series of one to one conversations with men who have experienced a cancer diagnosis and treatment, Christopher gathered stories and insights into some of the unspoken impacts that cancer can have on men’s lives – What couldn’t they normally say? How had their sense of selves as men changed? What weren’t they told about?

Direct, open, honest, conversations allowed these men to reveal taboo and unspoken accounts of how their sense of mascilinity, sexual identity and sex lives were impacted, and what became important to each of them as their bodies changed.

Just as awkwardness and social norms stop many conversations about these side effects, Christopher wryly uses redaction and blocking out text from NHS pamphlets to uncover some untold stories.

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Unseen

2019

Unseen was a series of photographic prints depicting areas of Blackpool that are inaccessible; be that physically, mentally, economically or culturally inaccessible. This series investigated everyday inaccessibility many people encounter on a daily basis. It takes audiences to places they might not think of as inaccessible or they might find solace in relating to the idea others find those places as inaccessible.

Photographs

  

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Cripple

2019

Cripple explores the idea of idleness in the context of our reality in which disabled people have been pushed further to the margins of society as a direct consequence of austerity. The weaponisation of productivity under austerity means many view disabled people as lazy or idle and not deserving of help. Without support, however, their human rights are compromised, disabling them from participating in society and forcing them into a cycle of marginalisation.

Digital video

  

Welcome Inn

2019

Sleep-in Installation at Art B&B in Blackpool,  which is a room for people to experience inaccessibility. I wanted to challenge the idea that when it comes to access, one size fits all and to create a conversation around accessibility. It was about designing a space that needs to be experienced to be understood, a slightly theatrical space, one that targets non-disabled people.

Installation

Artbnb.org

Photographs by Claire-Griffiths

  

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Housing Crisis 

2018

Tackles the laws surrounding independent housing for disabled people, cutbacks in care and laws around health and care. The UK government has since been making cuts to benefit programs that give financial support to people with disabilities who cannot work and provide for themselves financially.

Screen prints: Paper, Ink 

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Past works
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My Family

2017

Collection of interviews about family dynamics 

Glass, Pewter, Copper, Resin, Audio  

What's Your Class

2016

Collection of social dynamics 

Glass, Pewter, Copper, Resin, Audio  

What's Your Class
What's Your Class
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The bond, unrequited 

2016 

Routine and life events  

Plaster, Steel, Copper 

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Boxed In 

2014

Medical charts, Assessment forms, Log forms, Ink, Thread, Wire  

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Between The Black & White Lines

2012-14

Ink, Paper, Watercolour 

In 2021 a selection of these drawings was purchased as part of the Government Art Collection.

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