Carey Young will create a photographic series which examines the 'surfaces of law': details of legal architecture, including courthouses, prisons, law offices etc.
Instead of the aesthetic blank often associated with law, the design of legal buildings can invoke a society's attitudes towards the judiciary, democracy and the relationship between state and citizens. What can architecture tell us of the bodies, lives, aspirations, profits, structural bias, injustices and/or histories of erasure contained within, and alluded to by these walls? Young's images will explore varying ideas of what law is, and what and whom it might seek to represent.
This project is funded via a Research Fellowship from Leverhulme Trust.