Luca Khouri born in 1994 is a Jamaican-born photographer based in London. His work draws upon a multitude of visual languages which influenced him throughout his life having grown up in a multicultural family. He is interested in notions of strong female identity, sculpture, and movement as a means of emotional expression.
The concept of these images began with a fascination of Martha Graham’s dance piece “Lamentation.” Graham moves her way through a restricted jersey fabric as a means of speaking to the process of healing from grief.
Befriending our darkness, moving through it, releasing it. What are we grieving? What part of ourselves do we need to forgive? What do we constantly run from? What is so frightening about the depths of our very selves?
I question what our “darker” selves truly look like. Perhaps, the reason they seem so dark is our own fear of confronting it. In other words, without the fear or the shame, it is simply, another part of the self. And like all parts of the self, it’s only desire is expression. We are hardwired as humans to express - if we do not express, we do not connect to each other. Without connection, we remain in solitude.
Look in the mirror - explore everything; then release. Within these mirrors are many truths that can be of service to the self and the world if you so bravely face them. There is validity in all parts of the human experience - grief and the reconciliation of our depths, included.
“Someone I loved once gave me a box of darkness.
It took me years to understand, this too, was a gift.”