Forsaken Identity began life in the basement of a temporary gallery in Liverpool – a former paint shop that was requisitioned by a ‘collective of collectives’ during Liverpool Biennial 2010. It also began life as a one-off, but the stories we were told were intriguing enough for us to want to repeat the process again in another city. What we found, in that dusty basement, was that most participants seemed to treat the exercise as one of confession – either that or they really were all fantastic liars. And what we also discovered, and which we haven’t yet found a way to process, is that almost everyone told us the same story twice. Different times and characters, yes, but essentially they told us the same thing about themselves in each story. Interesting.
Edition #1: Liverpool
These stories are gradually being published online, here. Remember – what you read may or may not be true, and the images that accompany the stories may or may not be of the ‘real’ storyteller.
Edition #2: Manchester
We are currently looking for volunteers to be interviewed and photographed in Manchester (at Cornerhouse) on Thursday 14 July 2011. Sign up via the Participate page. All participants remain anonymous.
Edition #3: New York
Forsaken Identity moves to New York later this year. We’ll post more details nearer the time.