Screen printed fabric
Integration - the action or process of successfully joining or mixing with a different group of people.
Society - people living together in a more or less ordered community.
I’ve combined research, photography and screen-printing in this banner.
I find the word ‘integrated’ very interesting. I like the idea of lots of different people living together and everyone being equal. For this artwork, I’m thinking about integration where I live, as well as in society as a whole.
My flat is in a converted textile mill in Morley. There are disabled and neurodivergent people living in the building as well as other residents.
Textile mills have always been places of integration, where disabled people worked alongside others. This might not have been taken into account by mill owners of the past, or by the companies who renovated my building, but still integration continues.
Description of the banner:
Images of mill buildings, based on photographs, have been printed all over a long length of white fabric, about four feet wide and ten feet long. The images show details, such as brickwork, different shaped windows, doorways, street signs and chimneys. Each image is roughly a foot square, printed in a single bright colour. The pictures overlap each other like a multicoloured patchwork.
BSL translation of Ria's statement.
Translated by Khalid Ashraf.