Michelle Sank, ‘Connor’, ElliottHalls

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Series: "Young Carers". These images are from a project about Young Carers, children under the age of 18 who are often the main carers for a sick parent or sibling. In addition to performing daily household tasks like washing, bathing, cooking and shopping, they also have to manage the additional pressure of school. Because they are different, they are often exposed to bullying from schoolmates and lack a sense of identity as an individual in their own right. With these portraits, Sank empowers these young people with a sense of their own identity and normality. She wanted to remove them from their home environment and place them within 'light' and outside spaces. By getting them to dress in something they chose and to be themselves, Sank feels for that moment in time they felt special, grounded and free.

Signature: From an edition limited to 10 Signed, titled & editioned in ink verso

Image rights: © Michelle Sank/Gallery Vassie. All rights reserved.

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