Liminal Portraits, 1999 - 2000, Fourteen C-Prints

Liminal Portraits are a group of large scale colour photographs, made with Manchot’s mother on locations which position her in a border space between public and private. Referencing notions of the sublime as prevalent in German Romantic painting, the work aims to play with our understanding of beauty, the acceptance - or denial - of the body once it no longer performs or conforms to perfection. At the core of the work is a collaborative approach, which aims to make the subject as active as possible in her own representation. A few of the images were presented as large scale poster works, both in the UK and the US.