Format International Photography Festival 2015
Exhibit A - Reproduced slide behind frosted glass
Dimensions: 80 x 80 cm
AN IMAGE YOU WERE NEVER MEANT TO SEE - 2015
The evidence on display was never meant to be seen by the general public due to its classified nature. According to an unnamed source the photographic police slide was discarded in a rubbish bin in South-East London before finding its way onto the black market, where it was purchased by a close friend of the artist.
In 2012 the slide came into Ohiri's possession after his friend tragically passed away. To contemplate the fragility of sensitive data and the precarious chain of events that spawned the work into existence, the slide was reproduced and framed behind an obscure surface before controversially being exhibited in 2015.
The censored image creates a void that forces the viewer to reimagine the details within the frame, whilst protecting the victims identity - simultaneously challenging notions of truth, ethics and responsibility.