Rasha Kahil. In Your Home

Caledonian Road, N7, London

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Mare Street, E8, London

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Kastanienallee, Mitte, Berlin

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Caledonian Road, N7, London

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Adma, North Beirut

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Hackney Wick

all images from the series, In Your Home
c-type prints, 90 x 60 cm each, 2011
courtesy of the artist

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From 2008 through 2011, the Beirut-born, London-based artist RASHA KAHIL took furtive self-portraits of her naked body tucked into the folds of another person’s domestic space. This appropriation of interiors is captured in a series entitled ‘In Your Home‘ which play with presence and absence as KAHIL moves around and her body - the only constant within all the photographs – evolving in time.

In Your Homecame about quite intuitively in 2008. I was staying at a friend’s house in Berlin, and as he left me alone in his flat one evening, I starting playing around with a new 35mm point-and-shoot camera I had just acquired from ebay. After taking a few still-lifes in his flat, I pointed the camera back at me, and with the use of the self-timer, shot self-portraits nude in his kitchen and bedroom.

I never told him what I did, there was a thrill in knowing that he was unaware of the fact that I ran around his place in the buff and recorded the experience. It was my memento to keep. And that was the birth of the project. From then on, whenever I found myself alone in someone’s flat, even if for just a few minutes while they popped out to buy cigarettes, or cook in the kitchen, I’d whip out my point-and-shoot and photograph myself nude in the available domestic space, unbeknownst to the host. - RASHA KAHIL for Dazed Digital, November 2011

And good news: this series is also available in a book, which follows the project in
its entirety between 2008 and 2011, more info here


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