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© Marjolaine Ryley, Untitled, from the series Communion, 2003

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© Marjolaine Ryley, Untitled, from the series Communion, 2003

“In 2003 I attended Braziers International Artists workshop and created the series of images ‘Communion’ .

Having grown up living in squats and transitory communities as a child and hearing my parents talk about their time together (before separating) living in communes in the south of France, I was always fascinated by these places and the reasons people were drawn to them. Braziers Park is a living, breathing community of twenty-five people. During my time at Braziers I created a document of life in the commune. It quickly became apparent that these people, like my parents, were struggling to find equilibrium between their ideals and the reality of communal living. Yet despite the ‘cracks’ I found my time at braziers incredibly moving as it evoked a time in my childhood when my parents were determined to live a way of life that rejected our mainstream materialistic culture in favour of a more fulfilling existence.”

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