Becoming is a site-specific installation in Shepherd’s Bush Market, commissioned for Shubbak 2019. It features nine women from Africa and the Middle East, who had recently arrived in the city, and were carefully balancing the normality of London living with a period of personally unsettled existence. Their large-scale portraits were installed throughout the market which is a place where many nationalities and cultures meet.
The installation asked audiences to pause and contemplate questions of displacement, migration, integration, coexistence, belonging and becoming. Voices and stories, sourced through interviews, were paired with the portraits and blended with the different sounds of the market.
Listen to recordings of the women (Arabic with English subtitles) and read transcripts of their stories using the link below :