Curatorial Detail & Preview | Thomas Breakwell
Thomas Breakwell won the CCP Documentary Award in 2011 and I first saw his work in the finalist exhibition. Squats documents those intriguing out-of-the-way sites that are often occupied temporarily by youth, the homeless or possibly those on the run. Like Siri Hayes and Sanja Pahoki, Thomas directly engages with the creek, in fact, the first experimental shots he showed me were of actual squats he discovered. The final diptych for the ___on this site project depicts a paved-over creek, far from its natural state, with tunnels – one circular, one square – that usher the creek under the suburbs as if it is some secret.
The underpasses he has documented are squats; for kids skipping school to smoke bongs, dry places for the homeless to nap and unvisited crevasses to stash stolen goods.