The Empty Bench.“Dear all, I cannot even begin to explain how it felt to hear the news, It was important to me that both sides of my family would come together again… Does everyone remember what the grass in our old garden looked like?”
This work reflects upon a migrants persistent struggle of being part of a familial bond that is disjointed and spread around the globe. Comprising a 12 minute video, collaborative photographic series and installation “The Empty Bench” is set around the event of an unpredictable family reunion which would take place in Karachi, Pakistan. As a reaction or alternative, I invited each family member to participate in my project by asking them to photograph their gardens and send the results in a family WhatsApp group chat. This helped us deal with the discomfort of being separated as an attempt to get closer to each other at a time we could not be.