The recently demolised 31 story block of flats in Red Road housed asylum seekers from over 30 different countries. People were left in a state of limbo, waiting to hear on their asylum claims and whether they are positive or negative they had to leave the contract with NAS excluding refugees or failed asylum seekers from living there.
The starkness of the flats is what struck me first, the lack of possessions and general clutter that we are used to seeing in peoples homes, and perhaps that is the point. Few of these flats seem like a home, they are waiting rooms and this waiting can stretch to years.
The photographs capture the space in which these people live, one of uncertainty and isolation. In many of the flats the TV is the main focus of the room, a small connection to a hostile outside world. The figures are faceless and barely visible; this is both a devise to protect their identity and a reflection of their social status, forced to exist in shadows.
We also wanted to challenge the propaganda that was rife within the media that accepted asylum seekers were living in luxury furnished accommodation paid for by Scottish Taxes. The photographs offer a space for the viewer to decide for themselves and contemplate if you were forced to leave your country and live in an unfamiliar culture without any of your possessions, family or friends, who would you be?