The individual images were selected from a collection of photographs taken while I was living in a country that has historically been portrayed and defined by Western representation. Having perpetuated that inescapable practice of returning with photographic evidence of a foreign yet familiar land, I reexamined the images and the unease I felt, along with the sense of authority I was given, when directing the camera at people and places I became accustomed to but still distinct from. It is that familiarity that we already have with the images, familiar perhaps due to our exposure to movies, books, news stories, etc, that I aimed to breakdown and understand.
Assembled in sequences, the images respond to one another to resemble a story unfolding. It is up to the viewer to determine the story and who or what the characters or scenes are. By encouraging this freedom of interpretation, the sequences act as the grounds for the individual to reflect on his or her assumptions, stereotypes, and experiences in understanding their construction of the world these images inhabit. The structures informing our interpretations reveal themselves in the process and our reliance or contention to this systematic mode of creating meaning.