Possessed – Sarah Faraday and yujiang wang

The Citadel – The Old Courts.
8th – 15th November


Possessions and objects have a variety of roles, some of which are purely functional, others are deeply linked with our idea of self. What do these objects represent, and what do they say about us?

The Possessed project operates by participants giving up objects of personal importance – not necessarily of monetary value, but things which have intimate significance, objects with a story. We photograph the object, the participant receives a copy of the photograph, and another copy goes into our ever-growing exhibition .

The process of documenting the sacrificed objects through photography and film serves a dual purpose – as an integral part of the personal process, the first step of letting go; and as a reflection on the role of the image as a significant archival document. Can the camera capture anything of the emotion invested in an object, the memory, the “soul”?

Through the expanding exhibition and swap shop days, we invite you to explore the process for yourself, where we pose the question: can you give up an object of personal importance in exchange for a photograph of it?